News | 14.12.23

Hundreds of Network Rail buildings on track to stock free period products

Network Rail staff with Hey Girls displaying a range of period products

Free period products are to be stocked at hundreds of Network Rail buildings across the UK thanks to a new partnership between Network Rail and Hey Girls.

With support from its facilities management provider, Mitie, the public body has partnered with period product not-for-profit Hey Girls and distributor Mitie to stock environmentally friendly disposables for staff in six Network Rail regions.

It will eventually see those products stocked in more than 700 locations.

Daisy Williams, Partnerships and Contracts Manager at Hey Girls, said: “All of us at Hey Girls are absolutely thrilled to announce this historic partnership that will benefit thousands of people across the UK.

“So many people know the panic of being caught short while travelling, and having these free period products available in stations will be a blessing to those in need.

“We are on track for a very successful partnership and I am excited to see it continue to grow in the years ahead.”

Hey Girls and Network Rail staff stood next to a period product dispenser

Every period product purchased by Network Rail through the partnership will be matched with a donation to Hey Girls’ network of more than 350 community partners.

The social enterprise’s “buy one, donate one” model has so far seen it donate more than 33 million products to organisations such as homeless shelters and foodbanks since 2018.

Rachael Kearns, Route Property and Facilities Manager at Network Rail, said “This is a fantastic scheme, not only providing products to our workforce but helping those in need.

“We are delighted to be working with Mitie and Hey Girls to role this initiative out across the country.”

Kelly Parish, Network Rail Strategic Account Director at Mitie, added: “We’re incredibly proud that Mitie and Network Rail are introducing free sanitary products to hundreds of sites across the UK.

“By partnering with Hey Girls and supporting their ‘buy one, donate one’ scheme, together we’re taking a significant step towards combating period poverty and ensuring dignity for all.”

To learn more about Hey Girls and how to become a partner, visit our partnerships page.


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