Thirty-two large bags full of bras have been donated to raise funds for a UK charity and to support women in Africa thanks to a bra bank at the James Paget University Hospital.
The bra bank was set up two years ago in the breast imaging department at the hospital and has since then 32 bags – each containing around 100 bras – have been handed over to the charity Against Breast Cancer.
The charity collects bras to be recycled, taking unwanted bras and using them to raise vital funds for pioneering breast cancer research.
With recycling partners, their textile recovery project prevents bras going into landfill before giving them a new lease of life in developing countries such as Togo, Ghana and Kenya, where bras remain too expensive to produce locally.
For every tonne of bras collected, Against Breast Cancer receives £700 to fund research and more donations are always welcome.
To help the cause via the James Paget you can bring any bras in good condition to the breast imaging unit at the hospital to hand them over or if you would like to find out more, or set up your own collection point, please visit the Against Breast Cancer website at www.againstbreastcancer.org.uk .