Bath people collecting bras and pants to help African women and children
Updated: Dec 1, 2018
Hundreds of bras and pairs of pants are on their way from Bath to African countries.
A Scottish charity called Smalls for All collects and distributes underwear to women and children in Africa. The clothing is sent to orphanages, slum areas, schools, hospitals and camps for those who have had to flee their homes.
Former Bath resident Marni Poole collects underwear and sends it to the charity. Though she now lives in Trowbridge, Marni grew up in Bath and worked here until 2 years ago. Her network of friends organise collections at workplaces and schools in Bath and Bradford-on-Avon in the Christmas season.
Marni said: "This is the third year I’ve collected. It's purely a personal thing that I decided to do when I heard about all the good work the charity does. Girls are missing school when they have their period which is so desperately unfair.
"Last year I collected 695 bras and 472 pairs of pants. The bras I collect need to be serviceable, so I say: "gently used". Pants, however, must be NEW. The charity helps orphanages too, so pants for boys are also welcome."
A lady named Montserrat Cervantes lives in Oldfield Park and works at the Accident and Emergency department of the Royal United Hospital. She started collecting underwear for the charity after staff in the department ran a collection. She says: "A simple bra can lower the chances of rape in some countries in Africa. Every woman in Europe has far too many bras in our drawers that we don't use any more - but they are too good to be thrown away."
A Moorland Road shop called This 'n' That has now come forward as a place where donations of underwear to the charity can be dropped off until the end of December.
And you can send underwear all year round to:
Smalls for All
108 Buchanan Crescent,
Eliburn, Livingston EH54 Visit the Smalls for All website at: www.smallsforall.org .