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Saturday 01 January 2011

Your Supports Needed! Recycle Your Bras For Breast Cancer Care

If new underwear is on your Christmas list, then now's the time to get rid of old and unwanted bras!

That's what members of the Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness clubs have been doing in the run up to the festive season.

The members have been taking their old and oversized bras to group meetings where the leaders have been collecting them for recycling.

This week group leaders Lesley Jeavons and Aleta Smith handed over hundreds of bras to Brighton & Hove City Council to be recycled, re-used and to raise money for breast cancer care.

Lesley Jeavons, who runs Rosemary Conley groups in Brighton, said: "We were delighted to support this excellent scheme which helped give members extra motivation to lose weight and get fit in the run up to Christmas.

"Our members are always happy to see the back of bras they�ve slimmed out of and it's great to know they will be put to good use. Taking part in the scheme has been truly 'uplifting!'"

Brighton & Hove City Council launched its bra recycling scheme in the city last summer, by installing bright pink collection banks across the city. It later expanded the scheme by offering smaller cardboard banks for shops and offices.

Every bra donated raises money for The Park Centre for Breast Cancer in Brighton.

The bras are transported along with other clothing, to developing countries including Africa, Pakistan and Eastern Europe, where they will be repaired (if necessary) and sold on, providing business opportunities as well as affordable clothing.

Since the scheme was launched, the council has collected more than 60,000 bras, raising over £4,000 for breast cancer care.

Bra banks can be found at:

* St John's Place, near Floral Clock.

* King Alfred Leisure Centre

* Sainsbury's supermarket, West Hove

* Brighton Marina, ASDA car park

* Chalky Road, opposite Portslade Community School

* Preston Park Drove entrance

* Queen Park Terrace

* Upper Rock Gardens

* The Level, south end of park

* Fiveways, Ditchling Road

* Norfolk Square, Western Road

by: Mike Cobley


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