Wings Cymru Helping To Combat ‘Period Poverty’
Wings Cymru, led by Gemma Hartnoll are a small group of women and men working with schools and foodbanks in Ogmore and Bridgend to stamp out period poverty.
The group work hard raising funds and collecting donations of sanitary protection for females who have limited access to, or are unable to afford sanitary products.
Originally working with local businesses to source donations, the group now have local initiatives through fundraising events and working closely with Bridgend County Borough Council. Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council are also considering the feasibility of providing all secondary schools with free sanitary products.
Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies spoke about the great work of Wings Cymru in the Senedd this week and praised their mission to end period poverty in South Wales.
Praising the group Huw stated: “Period poverty has always been seen as an issue affecting developing nations but is now seen across the UK and here in Ogmore. Young girls are missing school and have limited social lives due to avoiding the embarrassment of being unable to access sanitary products. I fully support Wings Cymru in their campaign and the hard work they do in promoting their group as a life-line to young girls struggling with this deeply personal problem.”
Find out more about WINGS Cymru and their regular fundraising events via their Facebook and Twitter (@WingsCymru) pages. Their next fundraiser is on Sunday 22nd October in the New Garden Chinese Restaurant in Aberkenfig at 7pm.
Remember the Trussell Trust and local foodbanks are also now routinely providing sanitary products.