Breast Cancer Haven is launching their bra bank initiative ready for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. People from around the county already donate bras and drop them off at the Marks & Spencer store in High Town, it’s been such a success that the charity, are hoping to roll out many more across the region.
Breast Cancer Haven is a national charity that supports women throughout or after their breast cancer treatment. When breast cancer tries to rob a woman of her individuality, confidence or strength, Breast Cancer Haven provides a tailored package of emotional, physical and practical support that helps her hold on to them.
It costs £1,000 for each individual programme of treatment at Breast Cancer Haven and their funding comes entirely from community and corporate support.
Each bra bank holds approximately 10 kg of bras which are then collected by textile recyclers. A percentage of the bras will stay in the UK to be reused or recycled, and the remaining bras will be exported for reuse in Eastern Europe, central Africa, and South Asia.
Breast Cancer Haven is very excited to be working alongside Andrew Woods, who is the joint founder of the ‘Herefordshire Community Recycling Raising Money For Local Charities’ Facebook group. Andrew and his band of volunteers have been collecting items from all around the county to recycle or reuse over the past year, including spectacles, batteries, mobile phones, crisp packets and their recent collection of bottle tops.
Julie Nicholas, Corporate Fundraiser at Breast Cancer Haven, Hereford said “We are working very closely with Andrew on an exciting project which we cannot wait to launch. It will be a very creative way for people to donate their bras and in turn help us to promote our bra bank scheme, watch this space.”
If you are a business with a large number of employees, own a shop with a changing facility, run a local village hall, slimming club or similar and have a suggestion of where a bra bank can be placed, please get in touch with Julie Nicholas on: Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org or 01432 361 058.