Wolves Foundation have made a donation of sanitary products which would normally have been available free of charge to fans at Molineux to three local charities.
Wolves Foundation are working with partners Paycare to support the campaign to provide free sanitary products to people in the city – including in the female toilets at Molineux – to ensure that no one will have to suffer the effects of period poverty.
With restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic meaning that spectators currently cannot attend fixtures at the stadium, Foundation staff have collected up the supply of products from Molineux and distributed them to three local charities.
The Homeless Period, Project GIVE Wolverhampton and the Good Shepherd will now be able to distribute the products, free of charge, to people in the local community.
“We have been delighted to work with Paycare on this important project, particularly as period poverty is said to be on the rise in Britain with many people unable to afford sanitary products,” says Rachel Smith, health manager with Wolves Foundation.
“We have made sanitary products available free of charge to supporters visiting Molineux for matches or other events, as well as making several donations to different charities over the last 18 months which they can then pass on to those who need them.
“With spectators currently not able to visit Molineux, we decided to collect up our current stock and pass it on to The Homeless Period, Project GIVE Wolverhampton and the Good Shepherd.
“Those three charities carry out some really important work in the city with people who are vulnerable or suffering from poverty, and will be able to make sure the products are accessible to those who may otherwise be struggling to afford them.”
Wolves Foundation trustee Kevin Rogers, also CEO of Paycare, has been heavily involved with the initiative from the very start, including offering free office space to Project GIVE, and working on the scheme with Scottish Premier League side Motherwell, where Paycare are sponsors.
“As a trustee, I am very aware of the incredible work the Wolves Foundation carry out within the local community, and all of us at Paycare were delighted to support this campaign to reduce the effects of period poverty,” said Kevin.
“I am not sure there is a realisation that this is an issue in this day and age, but we know many people are struggling financially at the moment, and these donations provide vital support to many young women across the region.
“With fans unfortunately not being able to access Molineux at the moment, it is a really good idea to make another donation directly out in the local community, via three fantastic charities who will be able to identify those in need of support as we work together to tackle this issue and improve people’s health and wellbeing.”
Lucy Palin, co-founder of Project Give, has thanked the Foundation and Paycare for their support.
“The pandemic hit our stock hard with so many people out of work and not able to access the free products we provided to schools, local organisations and businesses across Wolverhampton,” says Lucy.
“This replenishment of stock means so much to us and the people we help on a daily basis – thanks so much Wolves Foundation!”