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Supporting women in crisis. Period. 

We believe all women should have access to sanitary protection during their period. But many are experiencing period poverty, unable to access or afford them. That’s why we're working towards our goal to eliminate period poverty in Britain's most deprived communities by 2025.



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Raising money to provide sanitary pads

The Gift Wellness Foundation supports women in crisis by providing non-toxic sanitary pads. We desperately rely on donations and support from local communities, businesses and philanthropists to make this happen. Please help us to support more women by fundraising for us or making a donation today. Thank you. 

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How your donation will help

£1,000 = 11,083 sanitary pads. Helps 123 women for 6 months
£5,000 = 55,416 sanitary pads. Helps 615 women for 6 months
£10,000 = 110,832 sanitary pads. Helps 1,230 women for 6 months

£20,000 = 221,664 sanitary pads. Helps 2,460 women for 6 months

£30,000 = 332,496 sanitary pads. Helps 3,690 women for 6 months

£50,000 = 554,160 sanitary pads. Helps 6,150 women for 6 months

(Based on average need of 15 pads per month)

Women in refugee camps

More than 12 million female refugees in the world have little or no sanitary protection. The situation is so desperate that they have to resort to tearing strips off their clothes to create make-shift pads. Working in partnership with charities on the ground in refugee camps we’re helping to preserve the dignity of women by supplying non-toxic sanitary pads directly to them.

Homeless women

The number of homeless women in the UK is on the rise. According to Shelter, rough sleeping rose by 15% in 2017 and 14% were women. We’re working with homeless charities, women’s refuge projects and food banks in the UK to donate sanitary pads to women who can’t afford to buy food, let alone sanitary protection.

Female students

Plan International’s 2017 report found that 48% of girls aged 14-21 in the UK were embarrassed by their periods. The shocking stats continue. 14% of girls admitted that they did not know what was happening when they started their period and 26% reported that they did not know what to do when they started their period. 78% of girls didn't feel comfortable discussing their period with their teacher. The impact? Shame, embarrassment and missing school. Working with schools, we aim to normalise the conversation about periods in UK schools by 2025 and empower our young women to fulfil their ambitions without being held back.

Women in low income employment

Can you imagine having to choose between buying sanitary pads for you and your daughter(s) or food for your family? This is an issue which affects millions of women in the UK, yet one that’s often overlooked. Surprisingly, many of these women are in professional roles, like teachers and nurses. Working with food banks in the UK we donate sanitary pads to support women and their families living on the breadline, so they don’t have to go without.


Supporting women in refugee camps

Donating sanitary pads to Rohingya women in Bangladesh

In partnership with two UK-based charities, we’re providing sanitary pads to Rohingya women in Cox’s Bazaar refugee camp, Bangladesh – the largest refugee camp in the world.

The Communities Against Poverty (CAP) Foundation runs a women’s health centre. Our latest donation of 10,560 pads is supporting women who are giving birth at the centre - 60,000 Rohingya women and young girls have given birth in the camp after being raped in Myanmar. Iqra International is helping us to provide sanitary pads to schools in deprived areas of Bangladesh, where girls are often prevented from going to school when they start their period.

1,410,689 pads donated

We’re making progress, but we need to reach more women. Your donations will help us to achieve that.

“Their struggle is our struggle, for indeed the plight of women like this is what inspired the birth of the Gift Wellness Foundation.”

-Dr Zareen Roohi Ahmed, Founder of The Gift Wellness Foundation


Donating non-toxic pads to promote better menstrual health

The women we support have enough to deal with without worrying about whether their pads are ‘safe’ for use. That’s why the pads we donate are made from natural ingredients only – free from harmful chemicals that exist in other sanitary products on the market.

If you’re a company that produces non-toxic sanitary pads and would like to donate your pads to women in crisis, we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch. Thank you.

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Who We Are

Our Mission

To provide sanitary pads to women and girls who can’t afford them or can’t access them, both in the UK and globally.

The Gift Wellness Foundation’s focus for 2019-2025:
Our Background

Supporting homeless women

Donating sanitary pads to the growing number of homeless women in the UK

So far, we’ve donated more than 500,000 pads to homeless charities in the UK, including The Homeless Period and In Kind Direct. In 2019, we’re focusing on a more strategic approach to reach the growing number of homeless women by working with local authorities and local charities.

535,089 pads donated

We’re making progress, but with the growing number of homeless women living on our streets, we’ve got a challenge ahead of us. Your donations will help us to reach more women, sooner.


sanitary pads donated to women in crisis since 2013 


Supporting female students

Eliminating period poverty in Derby schools

We’ve been hard at work (as have other charities) on our mission to eliminate period poverty in UK schools, and it has finally started to make an impression on government policy, as they have actually now launched an option for schools to apply for free period products.

This is certainly a step in the right direction, but the scheme needs to do more than just supply schools with period products, because period poverty is not just about affordability. Many girls don’t access sanitary products because they’re living in a culture where they’re not empowered to speak about periods. We’re not only referring here to girls who come from traditional families where periods are a taboo subject, but also the culture within some of our schools, where girls don't feel comfortable asking for period products. We also often hear of cases where a girls start menstruating for the first time in primary school and don’t understand what is happening  because the basics of menstruation hasn't been taught to them.

Another worrying aspect of the government scheme is that they are going to be supplying the cheapest products they can find to schools, which means that they may contain toxic chemicals that have a detrimental effect on girls' health. All of the sanitary products that we supply to schools are made with natural materials. 

287,951 pads donated

So there is still much work to be done in schools especially on raising awareness and normalising the conversation about periods and we will never turn a school down who asks for our help. Your donations will help to make that possible.

Supporting women in low income employment

Donating sanitary pads to food banks in the UK

Many women on low incomes, even those in professional roles, are struggling to afford sanitary pads. The role of food banks has never been so necessary within our communities. Thanks to movements like ‘Me Too’ and organisations like ours, awareness of period poverty is growing and we’re beginning to ‘normalise’ the conversation. We’ve donated more than 350,000 pads to food banks in the UK so far.

364,833 pads donated

It’s a start, but we’ve still got a long way to go. With your support, we can provide sanitary pads to even more women while continuing to raise awareness of this widespread issue. No woman should face period poverty.

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We’re a charity committed to improving the lives of women in crisis by donating sanitary pads. We support women in refugee camps, homeless women, female students and women in low income employment. Join us in the fight against period poverty.

Gift Wellness Foundation registered charity number: 1182451 


Tel.: +44 (0)8445008566 

Email: info@periodpoverty.uk


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