Hartlepool company marks second birthday by joining fight against period poverty
A company has celebrated its second birthday by donating 200 packs of sanitary products to help fight period poverty experienced locally by females.
Hartlepool firm Hogg Global Logistics turned two on Friday, May, 21 and celebrated with balloons and by filling shopping trolleys full of of donations “to make a small difference right here in our town”.
The company, which provides sea, air and road freight services, also supports women in business and young people going through their education and decided to mark its birthday by helping women in the town who are facing period poverty.
Lyndsay Hogg, who founded the company together with her dad Graham Hogg in 2019, explained: “Periods are something that as a woman, you can’t help.
“The local food banks have told us that there really is a great need for sanitary products in the town.
"There’s a lot of people that can’t afford to purchase them.”
She added: “I think periods are still a bit of a taboo subject, people don’t really like to talk about them, they get a bit embarrassed.
"We want to get the message out that there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.
"We want to help people where we can and just help raise awareness.”
The company has supported charity causes before by donating to Hartlepool Baby Bank and raising more than £4,000 for a woman who was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour to help with her bills.
Lyndsay continued: “We chose to support ‘period poverty’ as it is something that often goes unnoticed due to people associating poverty with lack of food or shelter.
"We believe it’s not something that should hold women back in progressing their futures which is why we decided to try and launch this campaign to make a small difference right here in our town.”
The company, based in Stranton, has been awarded International Freight Company of the year at the Prestige Awards and Best New Business in the Tees Valley Business Women Awards presented by Mayor Ben Houchen.