South Shields surgery sets up bra bank to support Zimbabwean women

Staff at Central Surgery, Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, are collecting bra's for the charity
Staff at Central Surgery, Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, are collecting bra's for the charity

Patients at a South Tyneside surgery are being encouraged to dig into their wardrobes to support ladies in Zimbabwe

Staff at Central Surgery, based at Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre in South Shields, have set up a bra bank bin to collect any unwanted garments.

We’re collecting bras to help out ladies in Zimbabwe.

Susan Holden, assistant practice manager

Doctor Vickie Local, who works at the Prince Edward Road surgery, came up with the idea a fortnight ago and already more than 60 bras have been handed in.

Susan Holden, assistant practice manager, said: “We’re collecting the bras to help out the ladies of Zimbabwe.

“Over there bras are seen as like a status symbol. If women are wearing them they’re less likely to be attacked as they go about their daily lives.

“Already we’ve received more than 60 bras, and we’re delighted with how well our appeal is doing.

“You don’t have to be a patient at the surgery, anyone can drop them off, we’ll gladly accept them.”

The bras can be any style or colour, and can also be wired, but they must be in a good wearable condition.

Ms Holden said: “We’ve had all sorts of designs and sizes being dropped off.

“A lot of them are in immaculate condition, they’re brand new, so some people have been buying them specifically to put in our collection which is lovely.

“But really we will accept any, as long as they’re in good condition.

“I think the ladies in Zimbabwe will be delighted.”

The bra bank will be at the surgery for the next few weeks before they’re collected up, sorted and sent overseas.

For more information, call the surgery on 455 4621.