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Delight over support shown to Guides’ bra appeal

bra2-1BARNARD Castle Guides have been overwhelmed by the response to their appeal for old bras after more than 200 were donated in just days.
Hundreds more are expected to be given to the group, which is collecting them for the charity Against Breast Cancer.
Since they launched the appeal last month people across the area have been donating them. Bras have come from as far as Scotland.
Jennie Stafford, Guide leader, said the better ones will be sent to the developing world, while the older bras will be recycled by a textiles firm which will donate cash for each bra received.
She said: “It’s a fun appeal but it has a serious message too. Bras are seen as a sign of affluence in some countries and the girls are less likely to be raped. The idea is also to get rid of the stigma of bras for the Guides because they are getting to that age. They are also learning more about breast cancer.”
People are being asked to collect old, broken or uncomfortable bras and push them through the letterbox at the guide hut, in Birch Road. They can also be dropped into the Teesdale Mercury’s shop in Market Place, Barnard Castle.
“The appeal really seems to have caught people’s imaginations. I was chatting to a man in the pub who told me his mother had some old bras for me. She has been going round the old people’s home in Barnard Castle collecting them. It’s brilliant,” Ms Stafford said. The Guides meet in the hut at 6.30pm on Tuesdays.
The Brownies meet Wednesdays and Thursdays, and the Rainbows meet on Mondays and Thursdays. Spaces are available for anyone interested and they can pop along for more details.
Article and Photo Courtesy of The Teesdale Mercury