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Hemp Service’s homeless help

29 November, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Tommy Corbyn, Jon Glackin and Chloe Kerslake-Smith

JEREMY Corbyn’s son and his partner are opening up their shop to sanitary product donations to help residents living on the breadline.

Tommy Corbyn, 26 and his partner Chloe Kerslake-Smith, 24, are accepting donations of tampons and sanitary towels from locals at their shop the National Hemp Service in Stroud Green Road.

The products are then distributed by volunteers from Streets Kitchen to Islington libraries and are also given out at their outreach sessions.

Ms Kerslake-Smith said: “Every month homeless women are placed into a crisis situation, they shouldn’t have to choose between having a pad or having lunch.

“When you’re struggling and have limited access to resources and you end up using socks, tissue and paper bags, rags or just your own clothing. It’s degrading and embarrassing.

“When you don’t have access to clean sanitary products you’re also so vulnerable to getting infections and genuinely becoming ill. If you don’t have a replacement and you keep your tampon in for longer than you should it’s common to get things like toxic shock syndrome. It’s a health issue as much as a dignity issue.”

Toxic shock syndrome is a bacterial infection which can lead to death.

Jon Glackin, the founder of Streets Kitchen, said: “We’d love more shops to act as drop-off points for sanitary products we can collect. They are expensive and there’s a great need.”

As previously reported in the Tribune, the couple hoped to open the National Hemp Service in September to “advance the national understanding” of the hemp plant.

Hemp is a strain of the cannabis plant but does not contain the psycho­active ingredient THC.

They will still be accepting the sanitary products before their full opening but drop-offs must be arranged in advance by email:
TheTrickyPeriod@gmail.com

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