STUDENTS BIN BRAS FOR BREAST CANCER CHARITY
Students at City of Wolverhampton College are urging local women to bin their bras and help fund vital research into new treatments for breast cancer.
The college’s Students’ Union has taken delivery of a Bra Bank from BCR Global Textiles – an organisation specialising in the re-use and recycling of textiles – which will send all collected bras to Africa where they will enable traders to support their families by selling the donated items.
For each tonne of bras collected the company will donate £1,000 to the Against Breast Cancer charity which funds pioneering research into new treatments, tools for earlier diagnosis, and advice to reduce the risk of recurrence or spread of the disease – with the aim of increasing survival rates and ultimately discovering a vaccine against breast cancer.
Joyce King, president of the college’s Students’ Union, said: “Unfortunately, many people know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and as most women have at least one unwanted bra languishing in the bottom of their underwear drawer we thought it would be an easy way to support the vital work that Against Breast Cancer does in funding research into treatments for the disease.”
The Bra Bank is located at the college’s Paget Road campus, in Compton, and anyone wishing to donate to the campaign is asked to put their bras in a plastic bag and drop it off at the Students’ Union office anytime between 8am and 5pm on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays, or 8am to 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.