Showing firm support for charity

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Above: Emma Pettinger, owner of TG Hair, right, and nail technician Jess Brinkworth are collecting old bras at the Brookside Road salon in Stratford. Photo: Mark Williamson. (T47/11/17/7294)

A STRATFORD hair salon is on a mission to collect as many bras as possible to help raise money for the fight against breast cancer.

Jess, aged 42, who works at TG Hair on Brookside Road, decided to set up a bra bank after researching the work of the charity Against Breast Cancer.

The way the scheme works is that a company called Devises makes a donation to the breast cancer research charity based on the weight of the bras collected. The bras themselves are then sent to women in Kenya, Toga and Ghana where it is too expensive to manufacture them locally.

The initiative helps keep textiles out of landfill, benefits small businesses in Africa and raises funds for research. Jess, who works as a nail technician, was driven to set up the Bra bank after witnessing family members and friends battle breast and female cancers. The salon has already filled two large bags with bras but are appealing for more women to donate.

Jess said: “My family has been affected by female cancers, my mum and grandmother along with one of my good friends died from cancer and it has also affected my husband’s family. We decided to do this because we just wanted to do something to help.

“We’ve had so many women coming in with their bras since we opened the bank a few weeks ago. “This will be an ongoing thing for us and I would encourage people to come in with their bras and help us raise as much as possible.”