This year, Bowes Belles WI are supporting Helping Homeless Women North East, a project which helps homeless and vulnerable women in short term accommodation by collecting sanitary products, making period care packs and distributing them to charity hostels and refuges in the local area.  Sanitary products are classed as luxury items and taxed at 5% unlike condoms which are classed as basic essential items, are tax free and offered free on the NHS.  Homeless women can't afford to buy them and are often too embarrassed to ask for them so they have no choice but to use whatever they can get their hands on - newspaper, tissues, toilet paper or nothing.

Donations are always welcomed and collected at our monthly meetings.  Watch this space for fundraising events!