Doctor gifts £1,000 of clothes and toiletries to women leaving prison

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Psychologist Ruth Tully said she was shocked to discover many women leaving prison were having to choose between feeding their baby and buying tampons, so she made a generous £1,000 donation of supplies to a Lincoln charity.

Dr Ruth Tully, director of Nottingham based Tully Forensic Psychology Ltd, donated supplies to the Lincolnshire Action Trust, which helps women get back on their feet following their release from prison.

She said: “Many of these women find themselves having to choose between feeding their baby and buying tampons.

“Some of them have substance misuse problems and face adversity on their release from prison.”

The bags of clothes and toiletries have been donated to the Women’s Service, part of the trust based in Lincoln.

Lincolnshire Action Trust works with a variety of agencies to reduce re-offending by working with offenders to address some of the issues and challenges raised by their sentences.

The Women’s Service, which was formed last year, supports the families of women who have been in prison.

Lauren Mumby, performance and development manager at the Women’s Service, said: “The donation drive began six months ago.

“We started off doing dignity packs for the women and it has grown from there. People have been very generous and the women are very grateful that people are thinking about them.

“Dr Tully is not from Lincolnshire so it is great that she has made such a big donation, she has gone above and beyond.”

Tully Forensic Psychology Ltd provides independent risk and need assessments in prison parole, court proceedings, family and criminal law cases.