Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance are holding their annual Bag A Bra Day on Thursday 23rd May this year and on the day there will be vehicles travelling around Hampshire to pick up donated bras from a range of collection points;
The recycling of bras is slightly different from other textiles, as most of the donated bras are shipped to West Africa for resale at affordable prices by street traders. Â Being able to wear a bra gives women status and helps to improve their self esteem, which are certainly very emotive reasons to dig into the bra drawer to find an unwanted bra or two!
The collection points and times are:
Basingstoke Sainsburyâ€™s, 3 Wallop Drive Â 10am â€“ 11am
Andover Sainsburyâ€™s, Spring Lane 12 pm â€“ 1pm
Basingstoke Football Club Â 2pm â€“ 3pm
Garthowen Garden Centre, Four Marks Â 4pm â€“ 5pm
Asda, The Bridge Shopping Centre, Fratton, Portsmouth Â 10am â€“ 11am
Sainsburyâ€™s, Hedge End Retail Park (near the petrol station) 11.30am â€“ 12.30pm
Winchester, there will be a collection point here, which will be confirmed later Â 1pm â€“ 2pm
Paultonâ€™s Park, car park Â 2.30pm â€“ 3.30pm
Beaulieu Motor Museum, car park Â 4pm â€“ 5pm
There will be a special collection route around Southampton with Eco Ernie, the recycling milk float, loaned to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance by Southampton Solent University. Here are Ernieâ€™s collection points:
West Quay Retail Park Â 11am â€“ 12pm
Central Baptist Church, Devonshire Road Â 12.30pm â€“ 1.30pm
Southampton Solent University Â 2pm â€“ 3pm
Isle of Wight
On the Isle of Wight there will be a collection point open from 9am until 4pm at the Isobel Centre, Newport. â€œSwap a â€˜Dâ€™ cup for a tea cupâ€ is asking for ladies to bring along a bra in exchange for a cup of tea.
If you would like a â€˜Bag-a-Braâ€™ collecting bag, want to know where your nearest â€˜Bag It Upâ€™ recycling bank is situated, or just require further information about this campaign, then please call 023 8033 3377.