Bloody Good is a project that aims to deliver pads and tampons to asylum seekers who find themselves without access to sanitary protection.
Set up by Gabby Edlin and based in North London, the initiative started as a “whip round” on Facebook and now uses an Amazon Wishlist to receive public donations on a much larger scale. Donations can also be bought elsewhere and delivered to Bloody Good’s collection address. These are then distributed by volunteers at the North London Synagogue asylum seeker drop in sessions.
For Edlin, the project has a personal motivation as well as a political one: “As a Jew, I feel really passionate about asylum and the need for a safe place. My great grandparents fled from Poland and Russia to Glasgow and I always think about how they were received by their neighbours. “I felt compelled to use my creativity for good,” she says, after completing a Masters at Central St Martins last year. “In the current climate – Brexit and Trump and the overwhelming feeling that people in need are being rejected – I feel it's so important to channel that energy into something that helps women.”
Giving women pads is basically saying, “we’ve got this covered, you don't ever need to worry about your period when you've got so much else to worry about"
“We see the same people each month so the women are starting to know me. I love that giving them pads is basically saying, “we’ve got this covered, you don't ever need to worry about your period when you've got so much else to worry about.”
Period poverty is a persistent problem for the UK – according to Bloody Good many women living in poverty have to use toilet paper or scraps of fabric to deal with their periods. Last year the Scottish parliament debated the provision of free sanitary products and The Trussell Trust launched a campaign to encourage people to donate tampons to their local food banks.
Bloody Good are also asking for donations of toiletry products, as women are not the only clients at the drop in in need of a helping hand. “One man comes every month for his sensitive toothpaste, which we always chat about because I have that too. He said on Sunday how much better his teeth were which made me so happy,” explains Edlin.