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Bright Tights donation means SHARE can continue providing menstrual hygiene products to Year 11 students and offer more choice

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Tuesday 15 November 2022

The SHARE (Sexual Health and Relationships Education) team is delighted to announce that, due to another generous donation from the Bright Tights charity, it is able to provide a wider choice of reusable period products to Year 11 students.

A generous donation from Bright Tights means the SHARE Educators will be able to offer Year 11s a choice of menstrual cups, period pants or environmentally friendly disposable products.

The issue of not being able to afford sanitary products is known as 'period poverty'. Period poverty had previously been seen as an external issue affecting lower income countries, however more affluent jurisdictions, such as Guernsey, are not immune to these issues. SHARE has been running a programme of providing products to those that menstruate, as part of its work in schools, since October 2019.

Amanda Evans, PSHCE Adviser for Education Inclusion Service, said:

"The SHARE team are delighted that Bright Tights, a local charity that has supported us since 2019 when we launched this programme, has agreed to donate to the cause again. This will enable the team to purchase a choice of re-usable or environmentally friendly menstrual products for Year 11 students.  In the Year 11 SHARE lessons on cancer awareness, the students learn about vulvar care, screening for cancer, the importance of knowing their own bodies and being aware of any changes. The session signposts young people to local help and support, including the Bright Tights charity, so the link between SHARE and Bright Tights is mutually beneficial."

Pat Child, Chair of Bright Tights, said:

"The committee of Bright Tights is delighted to continue working with the Sexual Health and Relationship Educators who provide such a valuable service to students in Guernsey. Bright Tights is a local charity which aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of Gynaecological Cancers, provide practical, financial and emotional support to women in the Bailiwick diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer (womb, ovaries, vulva, vagina and cervix). It also supports research into better detection and improved treatment of gynaecological cancers. Our charity links perfectly to the Year 11 cancer awareness session that SHARE delivers so we are pleased to be able to fund a range of sustainable period products for this year group."

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