Morrisons stores up and down the country are fighting against period poverty by offering free sanitary products.

Customers can go to any Morrisons customer service desk in the country and ask for a package for 'Sandy' or a 'period product pack'.

They will then be given a free discreet envelope with two sanitary towels inside.

Simon Raisey, Community Champion at Morrisons Haydon Wick, says: "We were one of the first stores to cater for this as we anticipated a national campaign.

"We have posters up around store and staff at check outs are all aware that if someone asks for Sandy they are directed to the kiosk where we have a bag of free sanitary products which are discreetly packaged.

"This also applies to men who ask for Sandy."

The Package for Sandy initiative was created by the Bolton Atlas store's Community Champion Emma Parkinson, who saw the need for the service in her area. 

Emma says: “Period poverty is a real problem and going to a school in a predominantly low-income area gave me an insight into what it’s like to have no access to sanitary wear.

"It’s shocking that young girls and women go without sanitary products through no fault of their own so I’m really pleased that we at Morrisons can help to support those in need across the whole of the UK.”