Chapel End Surgery
CHAPEL END SURGERY JOINS CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT PERIOD POVERTY
A Nuneaton GP surgery which actively supports a national campaign to end period poverty by giving free sanitary products to female patients from deprived backgrounds has received £1,420 from the WPH Charitable Trust.
Chapel End Surgery, which covers Chapel End and also Camp Hill – one of the most deprived areas of Warwickshire – will use the money to fund a year’s worth of tampons and sanitary towels for its patient population in need.
The charity Bloody Good Period estimates the average woman spends £4,800 on menstrual supplies in her lifetime. This includes £4 per month on tampons, £4 on pads and £2 on panty liners.
Dr Maqsood Motala, at Chapel End surgery, said: “There are many women and girls from deprived backgrounds who are unable to afford sanitary products. Reports demonstrate the use of inappropriate makeshift products such as toilet roll, newspaper or socks, and the reason that Chapel End Surgery has decided to focus on this campaign is due to our patient population clearly struggling with thispart of their lives.
“We have had several patients or mothers inappropriately request that we stop their periods to avoid the cost of sanitary wear.”
Dr Motala said as well as the grant from the WPH Charitable Trust, the surgery also keeps a box in reception for donations, although very few had been received.
Peter Handslip, Chairman of the WPH Charitable Trust, said: “Period poverty is a very real issue and my fellow Trustees and I are delighted to support Chapel End Surgery in its quest to provide assistance to the women and girls of Chapel End and Camp Hill who are affected.”
Established in 1994, the WPH Charitable Trust provides funding for individuals, groups and organisations which work to prevent, relieve or cure sickness in Coventry and Warwickshire.
The trust provides grants for medical research, buildings, equipment and other forms of medical care for residents of the region. All applications are made via the Trust’s website and are assessed on a quarterly basis.
For further details on the Trust, or to make an online application, log on to our website