Bank your bras at the town hall

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Women of Wandsworth  – bring us your old bras! 

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The Town Hall bra bank

Wandsworth Council has teamed up with Against Breast Cancer to collect old bras. For every tonne of bras collected, the charity receives vital funds for pioneering breast cancer research. 

A collection point has been placed in the Customer Services Centre at the town hall in Wandsworth High Street. Find it between the two sets of automatic sliding doors as you enter the building.

The collected garments will be sorted by the charity and wearable bras will be given a new lease of life, sent to developing countries such as Togo, Ghana and Kenya, where bras remain too expensive to produce locally. Bras that aren’t wearable any more will be recycled for their fabric.

For every tonne of bras collected, Against Breast Cancer receives £700 to fund their research. 

The bank has been organised by the staff Women’s Network at Wandsworth and Richmond councils. The group have already held two fundraising cake sales this month – raising £383.09 for charities including Against Breast Cancer. 

Sarah Goodwin, Chair of the Women’s Network, said: “Most women will have bras lurking at the back of their underwear draw that they haven’t worn for a long time. I urge everyone to have a clean out!

“Most charity shops don’t accept bras. Therefore, they quite often get thrown away. Many of these bras are wearable. Before you open the rubbish bin – please take a minute to think about the money they could generate for charity and know that there are some women in African countries that will still be able to benefit from them.” 

The bank is available during the Customer Centre opening hours – Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.