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A Diss-based social enterprise has been tasked with rolling out thousands of period products to corporate offices up and down the country.

Hey Girls, based in Victoria Road, will be providing tampons and sanitary pads to Nationwide offices across Britain, ensuring that thousands of employees have access to the vital products.

Nationwide had approached the social enterprise – run by Celia Dodson and her two daughters, Kate and Bec – because of its focus on sustainability.

The team at Hey Girls have partnered with Nationwide to provide free sanitary products. Picture: Mecha Morton.
The team at Hey Girls have partnered with Nationwide to provide free sanitary products. Picture: Mecha Morton.

In total, 5,000 cardboard applicator tampons, 7,000 day pads and 1,500 non-applicators will be distributed to 48 free vend dispensers across 14 Nationwide sites in the country.

Mrs Hodson, 60, who is from Eye, said: “This will effect thousands of staff – it’s all about period dignity in the workplace.

“It’s important that just like hand soaps and paper towels, that period products are freely available in the work place.

“A little box of tampons can make all the difference between the worst day in your career and just another day in the office.”

Daisy Williams, contracts manager at Hey Girls, added: “It is great to have Nationwide on board and it has been wonderful to work with Steve and his team to launch their ‘period dignity’ scheme.”

Hey Girls has donated more than 21 million environmentally-friendly products to those in need since 2018.

The community interest company operates on a ‘buy-one, donate-one’ model, with community partners, including food banks, women’s refuges and homeless shelters, benefiting from free products.

More than 21 million products have been donated in the last four years.

Sally Battersby, facilities consultant at Nationwide, added: “The thing that struck me about Hey Girls was its commitment to sustainability.

“All of its products are biodegradable, so we can offer these products to colleagues without impacting the environment.”

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