Crowds continue to flock to Champion Hill, with league attendances averaging over 2,000 since the club’s return to East Dulwich last Christmas.

The Hamlet enters the final month of the season outside of the relegation zone. The team’s place in the National Conference South as not yet been secured, but the club and supporters are confident that we will be traveling to cities like Oxford and Bath again next season.

The Supporters’ Trust recently celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) and many thanks must go to all those supporters’ who purchased our limited edition IWD scarf at our recent home league fixture against Dartford.  The sale of which also raised £900 for two chosen organisations.  It was a pleasure, for the Trust, to be able to present Red Box SE London with a ‘big’ cheque for £450 during the half time break at a recent fixture.

Red Box Project who are a community-based, not-for-profit initiative.  They aim to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free period products to local schools so that no young person misses school or suffers embarrassment because she has her period.

Beth, who is a volunteer at the Red Box Project, and whose Son is a massive Dulwich Hamlet fan, explained to us a bit more about the charity.

“The Red Box Project gives young women in need – whether for financial or social reasons – the reassurance of being able to take enough products for their entire period. We sponsor and stock a red box filled with period products, spare pants and tights.  The box is kept with a designated member of staff in the school and posters placed in the girls’ toilets encourage a young woman in need of period products to ask for the red box.”

Beth continued, “In Southwark, we have Red Boxes within most secondary schools and in just over 40% of primary schools.  We have donations points at local businesses where people can drop off donations of period products and in East Dulwich you can drop off donations at Rye Books, Goose Green Clinic and Punk Me Up Café.   Funds that are raised through initiatives such as the Dulwich Hamlet International Women’s Day scarf go towards buying boxes, pants and tights (these items are more expensive and not donated as much as packs of pads).  All your donations will go towards ensuring that no child or teenager in Southwark has to deal with the stress and worry of period poverty.  For more information about us and what we do, visit our Facebook page RedBoxProjectSELondon “.

The remaining profits of this scarf will be given to a new women in football project that is set to be a huge asset to the local community of East Dulwich.  Unfortunately, the project cannot be revealed just yet… but keep an eye out from an announcement from the Football Club in the coming months.

Remaining fixtures at Champion Hill:

V Hungerford Town – 13 April     KO 15:00

V Welling United – 22 April          KO 15:00

Further information on advance tickets purchases can be found on the Dulwich Hamlet official club website.

Photo:  Mark Scoltock and Mel Hughes present RedBox a cheque on behalf of Dulwich  Hamlet Supporters’ Trust.