As part of Seddon’s ongoing commitment to breaking industry stereotypes and encouraging open discussions in the workplace, the Park Road site team has joined other organisations in supporting period poverty charity, The Crimson Wave.
The team hosted its first ever period packing party in September, where everyone from directors to joiners came together to pack sanitary products and other necessities for women and girls that are homeless or on a low income.
The event was a huge success and the site team managed to produce nearly 2,000 care packs for women in need, which are to be distributed throughout Greater Manchester.
Seddon’s client Wigan Council and several local residents also played a key role during the day, as well as The Brick, a charity working with homeless women in Wigan, who received the first packs.
Ahead of the day, the site team set up exercise bikes to raise funds whilst taking turns to cycle 624km, the equivalent of cycling from Wigan to Paris, which was chosen to commemorate France winning the football World Cup 2018. They also placed boxes at head office to collect donated sanitary products for the event.
The Crimson Wave is a Rochdale-based charity aiming to combat period poverty in Manchester & Greater Manchester. Working with women’s centres, schools and community projects the team distribute period packs to ensure all women in the area have access to a regular, safe and dignified form of sanitary ware.
Hannah Barnes from The Crimson Wave said: “Our packing party with Seddon was a roaring success. We generated almost 2000 packs and raised more than £500 thanks to the generous contributions of the team, the local council and The Brick. We were so happy to be asked along and extremely impressed with the reactions of all the staff.
“Not only has the party helped to directly improve low income and vulnerable women’s periods, but it’s also allowed us to highlight the issue for people who may not necessarily have encountered it before. We look forward to plenty more packing parties with Seddon and would like to thank the whole team for their warmth and generosity.”
Lisa Elliot, Trainee Site Manager at Seddon, said: “This is a brilliant cause and we’d like to thank everyone involved for their continued support. I’m also proud to say the Seddon family have agreed to match the fund donations so this positivity can continue.
“It’s been great to be able to support Wigan Council every step – and every peddle – of the way and it was a real testament to what teamwork can achieve. We hope to continue to support causes like this that allow us to challenge the status quo in a positive and collaborative way.”
To learn about more about the day and to donate please visit the go-fund me link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tcw?utm_id=1&utm_term=VV7QPQDbM