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Bra Banks arrive in North Cumbria's Hospitals

Posted on Monday 19th November 2012
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L-R: Anne Beattie, Breast Care Clinical Nurse Specialist and Carol Farquharson, Clinical Receptionist with the Bra Bank

Ladies in north Cumbria are being encouraged to give their old bras a new lease of life by depositing them in ‘Bra Banks’ at their local hospital.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is supporting a bra recycling scheme in order to raise money for breast cancer research. The Bra Banks can be found in the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and are provided by the breast cancer charity, Against Breast Cancer.

Wearable bras donated to the Bra Bank will be taken to Africa where there is a short supply of affordable bras. Against Breast Cancer will also receive a donation based on the weight of the bras collected so every bra counts. Every £1 raised is vital in enabling the continuation of work by the charity to find a vaccine against breast cancer and to look at ways to increase the survival of women who have the disease.

Anne Beattie, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Breast Care at the Cumberland Infirmary, said: “This exciting project was brought to our attention by a patient who had been on holiday in the south of the country and had spotted a Bra Bank. We then contacted the charity and got Bra Banks delivered to both of the hospitals in the Trust. 

“Ladies often wonder what to do with bras that are no longer suitable or don’t fit them so this is a fantastic way to get rid of your old bras whilst donating to a charity as well as keeping textiles out of landfill and helping ladies in Africa.”

Members of the public are welcome to drop their unwanted bras into the Bra Banks which are situated in the waiting area of the breast screening unit at the Cumberland Infirmary or the waiting area of the breast clinic at West Cumberland Hospital. The units are open Monday-Friday from 9.00am-4.00pm