A NEW East Lancashire campaign to tackle period poverty has been named in honour of Pendle women's rights activist Selina Cooper.

She campaigned for votes for women and social change in the early 20th century.

The 'Selina’s Gift' campaign aims to ensure that all women have access to affordable sanity protection.

The project is the brainchild of community group Pendle Momentum.

It was launched with a community Christmas dinner and party with families from across the borough in the 'Selina Cooper Room' at Unity Hall, Nelson. o

Pendle Momentum Chair, Margaret Mackenzie, said: “I’m blown away by the amount of support we have been given for the project.

"Selina Cooper did so much for the Pendle community and particularly the mill girls, by campaigning for improved hygiene conditions.

" We are proud to be continuing her work, although, in this day and age it is a shame that we have to. In the new year we will be rolling out the project across the borough, working with agencies such as Homestart as well as schools and colleges.”

Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle, County Cllr Azhar Ali, who also volunteered on the event, said: “It just shows what can be achieved when everybody pulls together."