Bra-vo! Ann Summers donates underwear to Africa

Preston's Ann Summers staff are sending bras to Africa for charity, from left, manager Sam Eaves, Cheryl Waddington, assistant manager Beth Whiting and Steph Sowden
Preston's Ann Summers staff are sending bras to Africa for charity, from left, manager Sam Eaves, Cheryl Waddington, assistant manager Beth Whiting and Steph Sowden
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Women are donating unwanted underwear to help disadvantaged women in Africa.

Women are donating unwanted underwear to help disadvantaged women in Africa.

“It seems fitting that we should support the Smalls for All charity, and it’s a really good cause”

Beth Whiting, assistant manager of Ann Summers in Preston

Preston’s Ann Summers shop is backing the Smalls for All charity and is asking ladies to hand over their bras to the store.

The campaign, run between August 20 and 27, will see anyone who drops off their bras, which must be in a good condition, receive a discount on Ann Summers stock as a ‘thank you’.

Beth Whiting, assistant manager at the Fishergate store, said: “The bras will be sent to Africa where there are no high street stores for ladies to buy underwear from.

“It seems fitting that we should support the Smalls for All charity, and it’s a really good cause.

“In return, anyone who donates will get 10 per cent off new undies for themselves, and be entered into a raffle.”

Smalls for All was launched in 2009 and helps women and children in Africa meet their most basic hygiene and security needs.

Founder Maria Macnamara said: “Not only is it a health and hygiene problem for many poor African communities, as women often only own one pair of tattered pants or have none at all, but underwear is also seen as a status symbol and offers a degree of security.

“Women who can afford underwear tend to be seen as having someone who cares for them – a husband, brother or father. They are not on their own so they are not seen as vulnerable.

“Today, Smalls for All and our supporters help to collect and distribute underwear, both new pants and new or gently worn bras, to women and children in Africa who need it most.

“We help those living in orphanages or camps, as well as those suffering from medical conditions.”