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Pennine Way against Period Poverty

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Sophie Rowson

Irise International are a UK-based charity working to prevent periods from holding women and girls back from reaching their full potential

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"I was ashamed when I had my period, I stayed home from school". 

These are the words of a Ugandan teenager whose period prevented her from going to school and accessing the education which would be vital to the realisation of her full potential. Taboos surrounding menstruation, and a lack of access to safe and affordable sanitary products are not just a limiting factor for this teenager, but for women and girls all over the world. Research shows that 50% of Ugandan school girls report missing school during their period, and even in the UK 49% miss at least one day of school every period. 

Irise International tackles these issues by combining education and enterprise. By educating communities about menstrual health, periods can be understood by both women and men as a natural and healthy process rather than a source of shame. Through enterprise, women are empowered with the skills to manufacture safe and affordable sanitary products which local girls can access. This means they can attend school on their period, and get the vital education we all deserve.

Event details

The Pennine Way: Edale to Kirk Yetholm (268 Miles)

Over three weeks in August 2018, Sophie and Edward will be walking the Pennine Way. In doing so, we aim to raise awareness of the challenges that women and girls face, and to raise money to support the work Irise does in empowering women and girls in the UK and East Uganda. 

Described by The Ramblers as "the ultimate long distance walking challenge", we will be covering a mammoth 268 Miles as we walk from Edale in the Peak District, to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. 

Even the smallest donations will be greatly appreciated and will make a real difference in the lives of marginalised women and girls. 100% of donations given will go directly to Irise and their work. To show how your donations can help: 

  • £5 donated to Irise empowers a girl with pads and information to stay in school all month long
  • £25 enables a young woman to access training and to support other girls
  • £100 supports a community to create lasting change by transforming attitudes to menstruation


Event date

31-July-2018 00:00  - 
23-August-2018 00:00

Event type

UK challenge

Event is completed


Donation by Lizzie
on 30-10-2018
Excellent work guys, massively impressive and hope you had lots of fun!
Donation by Anonymous
on 29-08-2018
Donation by Mark and Rebecca
on 25-08-2018
£0.00 gift aid
Smashed it! Xx
Donation by Emily Goodall
on 25-08-2018
£1.25 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 25-08-2018
£0.00 gift aid
Well done Soph you star!
Donation by Sarah Woosnam
on 25-08-2018
£0.00 gift aid
Dear Sophie, Many congratulations on your impressive achievement. All the best, Emma
Donation by Emma Jones
on 24-08-2018
£2.50 gift aid
well done chucky x
Donation by Diane Maltby
on 24-08-2018
£6.25 gift aid
Nearly there Soph and Ed! Enjoy the last day of this epic journey:) Amazing achievement Mum and Dad xxx
Donation by Anonymous
on 24-08-2018
£25.00 gift aid
Well done! What an amazing achievement and such a great cause! Lesley & Colin x
Donation by Lesley Hardie
on 23-08-2018
£6.25 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £440.00
Offline Donations: £30.08
Total Raised: £470.08
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £553.83

Donations closed

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