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Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Crimson Wave Update

Hannah Barnes

A few months ago Trish Cartner and I founded The Crimson Wave and since then, you’ve probably seen us popping up across the internet asking for physical, monetary or donations of time to help us wage war on the homeless period.

Since I last posted about The Crimson Wave and what we do, which you can read about here, we’ve received lots of support from family, friends and strangers alike. We’ve even fangirled over a few celebrity mentions along the way, with Sara Pascoe and Natalie Bennet being some of the first to join our campaign on Twitter and tweet their support.

Since then, we’ve raised a whopping £800 via our Just Giving crowdfunding page, around £100 in cash donations and whole tides of tampons, sanitary towels and panty liners. We’ve even had individually wrapped chocolates donated; which we add to our Period Packs for that little extra period pick me up.

Last month we ran a donation drive in our home town of Rochdale, letting people know they could pop in and drop off their supplies with us, and making people aware of the problems homeless women and trans men face during their periods. The event was a huge success and we put together 185 Period Packs, with the help of some lovely volunteers. We also got to meet plenty of The Crimson Wave's supporters.

What’s next?

This week we’ve teamed up with William Hill for their Close To the Community campaign and now have donation bins located in all of their north west stores, along with information on how else you can get involved with The Crimson Wave. The team over at William Hill will then be taking to the streets to distribute the packs they create on Thursday 23rd March – so look out for them!

If you’re local and listening to BBC Radio Manchester then you’re likely to hear their upcoming report on The Crimson Wave’s work in the local community and the larger issue of the homeless period within our city.

We’re also planning a Period Packing Party on April 1st a Touchstones in Rochdale. We’ll be excepting donations once again in money, sanitary products or time and you’ll get the opportunity to come along and put together some period packs yourself or join in with the other bits and bobs going on on the day.

We’d absolutely over to see you at our event, which you can find out more about over on our Eventbright page by clicking here.

You can also now find us across social media - so come and say hi on Twitter (@crimsonwaveorg), Instagram (@thecrimsonwaveorg) or Facebook (/thecrimsonwaveorg) and stay up to date with everything we're doing. If you'd like any more information, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Hannah Barnes / Author & Editor

I keep myself busy with my small business; The Loft Gifts, the period poverty charity I run; The Crimson Wave, writing here and for vaious platforms and a growing menagerie of household pets.


  1. This is SUCH a good thing that you're doing. I'm so impressed with all the hard work you've put in! And it's really nice to see that other people have been getting involved by donating both money and supplies. It must be great to see your efforts paying off! What a difference this is going to make to some people. <3


    1. Thanks Hannah! It really is incredible to see how much support is on offer to help these women have a dignified period. I was absolutely blown away by it all as are the women and charities we supply!

  2. Oh my goodness this is wonderful. I am going to look in to local projects in Aberdeen to see if there's anything similar. If there isn't maybe I could drop you an email to discuss how you went about starting this?
    V <3

    1. Yes! Please do - we actually have a potential roll out in the works, hoping to work with different people/teams around the country so that TCW can combat Period Poverty on a national scale so get in touch at and we'll have a chat :)

  3. I am amazed by this! What a fantastic thing to be doing. I was surprised to read in the Guardian recently that this is such a big issue, but when you think about it its like- of course it is! It's so obvious and yet overlooked. I imagine when you are homeless, you're subject to a lot of little cruelties and indignities that make you feel less than human, so your initiative could really help someone. Bravo.

    1. Thanks Sarah! So many people, including myself, say this when they're first introduced to the issue. I think it's because it's just not something we talk about casually, so we often miss the different nuances of menstrual experience (didn't mean to make that sound so much like a PHD paper! ha!)

      Will keep you posted with future campaigns and events from TCW xx


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