This yearâ€™s Bag A Bra Day has been a huge success with people from all over the county pitching in and bringing us their bras.
A grand total of 1086 bras were collected on the day by our wonderful volunteers and staff members who braved the rain and stood in allocated car parks around Hampshire awaiting ladies laden with bags full of bras!Â
We had collection points in Basingstoke, Andover, Fourmarks, Portsmouth, Winchester, Hedge End, Romsey, Hayling Island, Southampton and Beaulieu and were greeted by kind supporters of the charity who had kindly taken the time to bring their unwanted garments to us, which is greatly appreciated.
The Southampton collection points were visited by a special vehicle Eco Ernie, a retired milk float used for collecting all forms of recycling around Southampton, we borrowed Ernie from Southampton Solent University along with three fantastic volunteers from the University who endured the rain to help with this cause.
On the Isle of Wight volunteer, Lynne Hibberd set up a brilliant campaign â€˜Swap a D Cup for a Tea Cup!â€™ this was a great way for ladies to pop in throughout the day to have a cup of tea in exchange for their unwanted bras.
We also had some amazing support from individuals such as Ysanne Legg who has collected a whopping 5,592 bras in total over a period of time and Mrs Atkinson who collected 125 bras for the appeal.
Local companies also got involved, staff at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, got involved in the appeal and over the last few weeks they have collected a huge amount of bras totalling 560 so far. BAE Systems and Portsmouth City Council were among other businesses and companies who collected bras for the appeal.
We would like to say a big thank you to all the local businesses who got involved in Bag A Bra day collecting bras for this fantastic campaign. We would also like to thank all the businesses and companies across Hampshire for kindly offering up a car parking space for our collection points on the day, Paultonâ€™s Park, Garthowenâ€™s Garden Centre, Basingstoke Football club, Winchester City Council, Sainsburyâ€™s Andover, Hedge End and Basingstoke, Asda Fratton, Beaulieu Motor Museum, West Quay retail Park, Southampton Central Baptist Church and Southampton Solent University.