Why the Thames Tampon is so important
Newspaper, toilet roll, a sock, torn-up nappies, rags, a plastic bag. What do these items have in common? They’re used by the 1 in 10 young women who can’t afford pads or tampons—right here in the UK.
The Scottish and Welsh assemblies have made provisions to supply schools with free sanitary products. But in England and Northern Ireland, girls continue to face period poverty, at times even missing school because of it.
I'm raising funds to build a massive tampon and float it on the River Thames, which will be coloured red for the occasion (with eco-safe dye), to demand free access to sanitary products for girls in all UK schools.
Putting in place a long-term, sustainable solution has not been a priority for the government. So let's send Westminster a message they can’t ignore: The Thames Tampon.
How much do we need?
I need your help to cover material costs, construction, permits, logistics and getting the word out. I've set my initial target at £12.5k but the more I raise, the bigger and better the tampon will be! Nobody has ever done anything quite like this so if you think you can help me, please get in touch. It's going to be a journey and I'd love you to join me.
What can you do to support it?
Anything you can contribute is greatly appreciated, and I'd be very grateful for the help. Certain amounts will even get you some really cool stuff if I reach my fundraising goal. I'm hoping to add more rewards as I go so keep your eyes peeled.
Remember to spread the message by using #BloodyOutrage on social media, and by telling anyone you think could be interested about this project. Also, please talk about the issue of period poverty with your friends, family, colleagues, etc.—a big reason it continues to be such a problem is people not speaking up about it!
About me and my Street Cramps project
Who am I? I'm Bimini Love, a 17-year-old school girl from Cornwall. Two years ago I started to notice an increasing number of female homeless people where I live so I did some research and realised that these women don't have easy access to supplies for their most basic sanitary needs. I decided to do something about it.
I started a Crowdfunder project called Street Cramps. It raised—in total—over £7,000 to provide products, clean underwear and heatpads for every homeless women in Cornwall. Enough for a whole year. It appeared in the local newspapers, on the BBC website and I even ended up doing a TEDx talk on the subject.
But all of that made me realise that this problem is so much bigger than Cornwall. That's why I want to make this big, powerful statement that the politicians can't ignore. But I need your help again. It's a bloody outrage and together I know we can do something about it.
Amazing Humans on iPlayer
BBC3's Amazing Humans team recently came down to Cornwall to make a short film about me and my Street Cramps project and you can now watch it on YouTube. They visited Cosgarne Hall which provides accommodation and support for homeless people in Cornwall. I've been working directly with the team there to distribute every penny I raised during Street Cramps.
The Russell Howard Hour on Sky 1
I was also lucky enough to be invited to talk about my projects on the The Russell Howard's Hour for Sky 1. Once again, thank you Russell and the Good News team for having me and supporting my project!
How your school can get involved
I want as many schools as possible to join me on this journey. I have some ideas up my sleeve so please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be part of this.
Some important information about money I collect
All the money I receive during this campaign will be looked after on my behalf by a local accountancy company called Harlands Accountants. I'd like to thank them for their amazing support.
"Harland Accountants are delighted to support Bimini and her invaluable campaign by holding funds in our client account and undertaking financial administration accordingly," said Practice Director Deborah Edwards.
Harland Accountants is a company registered in England and Wales with the registration number 06286767. Their registered office is 35 High Cross Street, St.Austell, Cornwall PL25 4AN.
Once the project is finished I'll send any money we don't use to charitable causes such as the The Red Box Project. Check them out. Like me, they were angered at the idea that young women were missing out on their education because they couldn’t afford the products they needed during their period so acted to do something about it.