So here I am starting another article with George Osborne and my vagina. I’m not really sure how I got here, I really didn’t intend for these two things to collide, blog related or otherwise but yet here I am, sitting at my laptop talking politics and pussy once again. Since I wrote that article, I’ve had a lot of people contact me and show their support by signing the petition set up by Laura Coryton. I think its fair to say the general consensus is that the tampon tax should be stopped and with the petition now exceeding 300,000 signatures hopefully we are well on our way to seeing that happen.

 

Through that piece of writing I became aware of The Homeless Period petition, a campaign to give homeless shelters an allowance to buy sanitary products. Currently, charities aren’t receiving any extra help with this and they are dipping into donated funds to purchase them (inc. paying the luxury tax of course).

I had never really thought about this before, I am incredibly lucky and have never been in this situation. Its never really occurred to me what a woman with no home, no money does when she gets her period. Does she ask for them from shelters? Do they give her enough? Does she buy tampons instead of food that week? Does she steal them? Does she hoard wads of toilet paper and stuff it down her knickers? Would that even work?

When I was a teenager I would die of embarrassment from just buying the things.
How stupid we can be.

You know we all have access to free condoms right? Well that’s great but why don’t vulnerable women in need, have access to free sanitary products?

This week I’m on my period and well its pretty bloody inconvenient. One or two nights it means getting up and going downstairs to the toilet, instead of falling straight back to sleep. I wanted to take Finley swimming this weekend and yes I know I still can but it always proves to be an extra complication, in an already stressful situation. The Family Changing Cubicle is no place for a menstruating Mother, with a runaway toddler who has a tendency to ask very loud and embarrassing questions. I also just feel a bit ‘meh’ and I’ve had a couple of period induced headaches.

But at least I have the means to buy tampons and ibuprofen. At least I am clean.

In the spirit of this campaign, I’ve set up a GoFundMe page to buy sanitary products for a shelter in my local area. I’m not asking for £50 or £20 or even £10. I’m looking for one hundred people to donate the cost of two packs of tampons or sanitary pads.

So whats that . . . £5?

If 100 people donate £5 each, that’s five hundred pounds worth of products, more if I get them in a deal. Imagine how embarrassed my teenage self would have been checking that lot out! If we reach the target I’ll throw in a photo of this happening, just as a thank you!

Would you like to be one of my 100 and help vulnerable women in need during their most inconvenient time of the month?

If so you can visit and donate here.


                    
The Homeless Period: My 100

45 thoughts on “The Homeless Period: My 100

  • February 16, 2016 at 6:59 pm
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    What a fantastic idea. I've often thought about women in the developing world and periods but had never considered homeless women before. Will donate later once kids are in bed.

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  • February 16, 2016 at 6:59 pm
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    What a fantastic idea. I've often thought about women in the developing world and periods but had never considered homeless women before. Will donate later once kids are in bed.

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  • February 17, 2016 at 7:17 pm
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    I saw a post like this doing the rounds on Facebook. I, like you, had never really thought about it. A great post. Good luck with your fundraising, I apologise that I am not in a situation to donate right now, but when I am I will be straight over #MMWBH x

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  • February 17, 2016 at 7:17 pm
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    I saw a post like this doing the rounds on Facebook. I, like you, had never really thought about it. A great post. Good luck with your fundraising, I apologise that I am not in a situation to donate right now, but when I am I will be straight over #MMWBH x

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  • February 19, 2016 at 7:50 am
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    Great post and really fantastic that you are raising awareness. It is crazy that they are treated as a luxury item and I had never thought about how homeless ladies must cope. It is outrageous and there should be free access to sanitary products. We all should donate here or at our local shelters #fabfridaypost

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  • February 19, 2016 at 7:50 am
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    Great post and really fantastic that you are raising awareness. It is crazy that they are treated as a luxury item and I had never thought about how homeless ladies must cope. It is outrageous and there should be free access to sanitary products. We all should donate here or at our local shelters #fabfridaypost

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  • February 19, 2016 at 12:02 pm
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    Great job and getting this topic out there – such an important consideration but something that few people talk about or discuss. #FabFridayPost

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  • February 19, 2016 at 12:02 pm
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    Great job and getting this topic out there – such an important consideration but something that few people talk about or discuss. #FabFridayPost

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  • February 19, 2016 at 1:14 pm
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    I have never really thought about this before, very interesting post. It must be horrible enough being homeless without having the added worry of not having any sanitary products. I am shocked that shelters are not given an allowance towards buying such things. I will share this to get the word out. Will donate when I can.xx #picknmix

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  • February 19, 2016 at 1:14 pm
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    I have never really thought about this before, very interesting post. It must be horrible enough being homeless without having the added worry of not having any sanitary products. I am shocked that shelters are not given an allowance towards buying such things. I will share this to get the word out. Will donate when I can.xx #picknmix

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  • February 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm
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    Great post, it's the kind of thing which really highlights how lucky we are to have those basics. Just before Christmas our women's forum did a big collection of sanitary products and toiletries for the local women's shelter because, again, it's the last thing on your mind when you're getting to a place of safety. x #pocolo

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  • February 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm
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    Great post, it's the kind of thing which really highlights how lucky we are to have those basics. Just before Christmas our women's forum did a big collection of sanitary products and toiletries for the local women's shelter because, again, it's the last thing on your mind when you're getting to a place of safety. x #pocolo

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  • February 19, 2016 at 3:07 pm
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    Excellent post. I have often donated food to a food bank but had never thought to donate sanitary products as well. Thank you for raising the issue #pocolo

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  • February 19, 2016 at 3:07 pm
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    Excellent post. I have often donated food to a food bank but had never thought to donate sanitary products as well. Thank you for raising the issue #pocolo

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  • February 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm
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    I have this budget that by the end of the week is gone. On some weeks that I have my period I have to buy napkins and I am left with less. I am not homeless but struggling with money and so I know how this feels. I support this and I hope that the government would do something about this issue. #pocolo

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  • February 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm
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    I have this budget that by the end of the week is gone. On some weeks that I have my period I have to buy napkins and I am left with less. I am not homeless but struggling with money and so I know how this feels. I support this and I hope that the government would do something about this issue. #pocolo

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  • February 19, 2016 at 8:21 pm
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    I heart this post. Especially because this is a topic I have contemplated before. While I was in Uni living on the bare minimum (well, bare minimum for me which is working at McDonalds salary) I remember having to decide if I should buy tampons or beer for the party later that night. Being my cocky younger self I bought the beer and decided that one of my friends would lend me some tampons. Boy was I wrong! Anyway, it did get me thinking about how homeless woman survive every month. That month I worked at a homeless shelter and brought tampons!

    I love that you have started a donation fund. I definitely will be donating. : )

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  • February 19, 2016 at 8:21 pm
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    I heart this post. Especially because this is a topic I have contemplated before. While I was in Uni living on the bare minimum (well, bare minimum for me which is working at McDonalds salary) I remember having to decide if I should buy tampons or beer for the party later that night. Being my cocky younger self I bought the beer and decided that one of my friends would lend me some tampons. Boy was I wrong! Anyway, it did get me thinking about how homeless woman survive every month. That month I worked at a homeless shelter and brought tampons!

    I love that you have started a donation fund. I definitely will be donating. : )

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  • February 19, 2016 at 9:11 pm
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    Thank you so much for this post, I'd never even considered that. The next time we donate to the food bank I will include sanitary products too. I really take for granted how easy I have it sometimes x

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  • February 19, 2016 at 9:11 pm
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    Thank you so much for this post, I'd never even considered that. The next time we donate to the food bank I will include sanitary products too. I really take for granted how easy I have it sometimes x

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  • February 19, 2016 at 9:43 pm
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    Brilliant idea! I'd never really considered this either, and yes there definitely should be supplies for sanitary products for vulnerable women. #PoCoLo

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  • February 19, 2016 at 9:43 pm
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    Brilliant idea! I'd never really considered this either, and yes there definitely should be supplies for sanitary products for vulnerable women. #PoCoLo

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  • February 21, 2016 at 1:00 am
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    I saw a video on Facebook about this a while ago, and it's one of those things I had never really thought of bit its so sad. It must be so demoralising. Lovely campaign and such a good idea.
    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x

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  • February 21, 2016 at 1:00 am
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    I saw a video on Facebook about this a while ago, and it's one of those things I had never really thought of bit its so sad. It must be so demoralising. Lovely campaign and such a good idea.
    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x

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  • February 23, 2016 at 10:05 pm
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    What a brilliant campaign Sarah, I'd never thought about it before but it must be a struggle every month. Why are free condoms available but not tampons? After all you don't have to have sex, women don't have a choice about their periods.
    Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo and I hope it helps you raise awareness. xx

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  • February 23, 2016 at 10:05 pm
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    What a brilliant campaign Sarah, I'd never thought about it before but it must be a struggle every month. Why are free condoms available but not tampons? After all you don't have to have sex, women don't have a choice about their periods.
    Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo and I hope it helps you raise awareness. xx

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  • February 24, 2016 at 12:43 am
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    It is a great idea and equally something I've never thought of before. It's a daft tax too and one that should be corrected. Thanks for raising this and linking up to #pocolo

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  • February 24, 2016 at 12:43 am
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    It is a great idea and equally something I've never thought of before. It's a daft tax too and one that should be corrected. Thanks for raising this and linking up to #pocolo

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  • February 25, 2016 at 8:41 am
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    It is something that has never crossed my mind with regard to homeless women (which is bad) although I have always been interested in how women in the past coped with their periods and in developing countries today. A great campaign and I wish you well. #FabFridayPost

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  • February 25, 2016 at 8:41 am
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    It is something that has never crossed my mind with regard to homeless women (which is bad) although I have always been interested in how women in the past coped with their periods and in developing countries today. A great campaign and I wish you well. #FabFridayPost

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  • February 25, 2016 at 11:47 am
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    This is such a fantastic post and definitely something I had never thought about. It's a stupid tax on something which is so necessary. Great campaign x #effitfriday

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  • February 25, 2016 at 11:47 am
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    This is such a fantastic post and definitely something I had never thought about. It's a stupid tax on something which is so necessary. Great campaign x #effitfriday

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  • February 25, 2016 at 12:15 pm
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    I'm embarrassed to say I have never thought about this! I get so angry about the tax and this is just wrong too. Well done for raising awareness! Thanks for linking to #PickNMix x

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  • February 25, 2016 at 12:15 pm
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    I'm embarrassed to say I have never thought about this! I get so angry about the tax and this is just wrong too. Well done for raising awareness! Thanks for linking to #PickNMix x

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  • February 26, 2016 at 2:19 pm
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    This is a really great idea! I used to work with a housing association and actually this subject has never been spoken of. Thank you so much for organising this. I have donated and shared. Thank you for linking up on #FabFridayPost linky too. Good on you Sarah. x

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  • February 26, 2016 at 2:19 pm
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    This is a really great idea! I used to work with a housing association and actually this subject has never been spoken of. Thank you so much for organising this. I have donated and shared. Thank you for linking up on #FabFridayPost linky too. Good on you Sarah. x

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  • February 27, 2016 at 12:16 pm
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    This is something I and I'm guessing an awful lot of people have not even given a thought to, food or tampons? How ridiculous to put a tax on them! A great post and a great cause that you are collecting for.
    Amanda. #weekendblogshare.

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  • February 27, 2016 at 12:16 pm
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    This is something I and I'm guessing an awful lot of people have not even given a thought to, food or tampons? How ridiculous to put a tax on them! A great post and a great cause that you are collecting for.
    Amanda. #weekendblogshare.

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  • February 28, 2016 at 9:02 am
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    What a brilliant post and idea! Is never thought of this before, and feel quite bad. It's such a simple thing that we all need. I'll share the petition on my blog too. X #brilliantbligposts

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  • February 28, 2016 at 9:02 am
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    What a brilliant post and idea! Is never thought of this before, and feel quite bad. It's such a simple thing that we all need. I'll share the petition on my blog too. X #brilliantbligposts

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  • March 3, 2016 at 12:59 pm
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    brilliant plan, I now donate sanitary products every month to our local foodbank and to the local homeless shelter; it is a basic human right

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  • March 3, 2016 at 12:59 pm
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    brilliant plan, I now donate sanitary products every month to our local foodbank and to the local homeless shelter; it is a basic human right

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