The Mall Blackburn is joining the battle against local period poverty by giving away free, discreet packages of menstrual products at its Ask Me Point.
Anyone, of any age, simply needs to state that they are collecting a parcel for Florence and they will be given these products in a generic bag.
It is estimated that over 137,000 children across the UK have missed school days due to period poverty and one in ten cannot afford to buy what they need to manage their period.
The problem also extends into the older age groups living in areas of deprivation across Lancashire and beyond.
Loraine Jones, General Manager at The Mall Blackburn, said: “While we are delighted to be offering this free service, the fact that it needs to exist is heart-breaking.
“These products are basic necessities that everyone should have access to and we want to help as many women and young girls as we can.
“I would urge anyone who finds themselves unable to access period products to come to the Ask Me Point and say they are collecting a package for Florence.
“Our team is ready and waiting to help and people can come back as many times as they need to.”
The Mall’s Ask Me Point can be found in Victoria Court and is located across from Pandora, KFC, Shoe Zone and Ryman.
Period poverty is a global social injustice affecting people who cannot access period products for whatever reason. For more information about Period Poverty please visit: freeperiods.org/periodpoverty