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So here’s a quick story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down…in the past 3 weeks…

First of all, I was on my DofE training weekend and so was unable to do my blog; however I had a fantastic time and learnt a few nifty tricks along the way! unfortunately I didn’t get many photos, but my friends nicked my camera and took a few for me! (You’re welcome guys; these are definitely the most beautiful photos!)

The weekend after, I was revising for my very first GCSE – English Lit. My whole year has taken it early and so my weekend was planned in a way where I could cram in as much information about Macbeth, Jekyll & Hyde, An Inspector Calls, and power and conflict poetry as I possibly could. Or so I thought…

On the Saturday, after work, I went to my first party which wasn’t ideal before a GCSE but that all went smoothly and I got home safely to find that my dad had broken his leg and was in hospital. Well done Dad…

So, Sunday morning consisted of Macbeth revision whilst waiting to hear how Dad’s surgery had gone (he broke his tibia and his fibula and also dislocated his foot completely – plates, pins and screws!!) and Sunday afternoon’s Jekyll & Hyde revision was done at 80mph traveling down the motorway to visit Captain Calamity in hospital.

visiting daddy

Not the ideal weekend or the calm  serenity I was planning for last minute cramming – but hey ho!

Thankfully the exams on Monday and Friday went well and I have positive vibes and am remaining optimistic despite not finishing the paper……ok, so I may have missed the last question completely…… but really….it’s fine!!

I don’t really have an excuse as to why I didn’t do my blog this week but, hey, I’m here now!!

Anyway…

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This weeks thanks go to:

Viv P

Georgi P

The lovely Barrs (who I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of years back when we paddled our way down the Ardeche gorge with PGL)

Nick and Stef Sweenie who have offered to pool their resources in student accommodation across the UK to bring in the over shoulder boulder holders! Isn’t that amazing? Thank you guys!

Karen B (who also send a beautiful thank you for the card – it was a lovely surprise… and my mum says “HI!!”)

Charlotte S

Michelle O

Hannah T and the Fulfen Staff (lovely to see my old school supporting me!)

Erasmus Darwin Academy / The Zone staff

Lynne + the girls from Handsworth PS

And not forgetting the fabulous Gaynor who has collected a whopping 118 for me from the ladies at Homeserve! A huge thanks to her! BRAvo!!

Gaynor

Also, another little thanks to my brother and his friends who helped me out this weekend by packaging up bras with me – although I feel like it may have been more of a chore than teenage boy fantasy…

boys helping out
Captain Fantastic managed to break his lid in seconds… *eye roll* he definitely takes after his father!

Our current total is now….

1851

Holy quack!! That’s nearly 2000, come on ladies! Get digging!

In other news, as most of you are aware, my blogging was done to fulfill a further section of my DofE challenge and I am proud to say that the skills challenge of my DofE has now come to an end for this year

*audience sighs and a sob is heard from the corner*

HOWEVER I AM NOT STOPPING …..EVERYBODY STOP CRYING!!! My blog updates will no longer be weekly but I do promise to update as often as I can as the amount of support I’ve received from this blog is unbelievable!  My next half term at schools is crammed full of end of year exams, more DofE expeditions, and end of term swimming badges (for those who don’t know, I work as a swimming assistant with Super Sharkys Swim School

For now, I am off camping for the next few days with my best friend, Georgi, in the Cotswalds before I bury my head again in revision books.  After that I have my next practice DofE expedition …. wheel on the ration packs!!

That’s all for now!!  Thanks for dropping by and…….. let’s get the total over 2000!!!

 

Taylor

Mount BRAfrica erupts!

Helloooo!

Well I must say ladies, you really have done some rummaging in two weeks while I’ve been at Harry Potter World / Warner Bros studios! I had such an amazing time and have the photos to prove it ;)!!!

I digress….

In two weeks we have collected 340 bras meaning our current total (unless I can’t count) is……

1617!!!

Woop woop! 1000+ of my original target!

I managed to make my very own Mount BRAfrica with all the bras…

lots of bras!

Did you appreciate my GIF at the top?  Still increasing my web skills…and yes, I did hide in them and explode from them like a volcano… I should also confess that the final GIF was attempt number 3 – do you know how hard it is to explode from a pile of bras without them becoming attached to your hair??!

Special thanks this week go to:

Gina S

Vanessa S

Sarah P

Debonhair

The Old Mining College (big thanks to Kate W for dropping them in to me)

Massive BRAvos also to Katy C and her lovely daughters, Charlotte and Imogen(with a little help with logistics from Kirsty F), who collected a whole 100 for us! How fantastic is that? Way to go girls!!

Also, don’t fear BRAfrica fans; I have been informed that Michelle O will be dropping in on Sunday with bras for us all! Phew – no longer missing in action!

I dropped into Debonhair the other day to empty her collection box and I ended up coming out with another motherload of bras! Three bags yet again!

another big collect from debonhair

Not forgetting now this week’s count is in – the weekly pile of boxes to be shipped up to Smalls for All

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In other interesting news before we go onto the plans for the week ahead, I got a mention in Smalls For All’s monthly thank you post and I am so proud to have made it onto that list! It makes all of this worthwhile when you realise that the hundreds of bras you’re sending off are actually going out, helping, and changing lives.

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So, without further a do, here’s the plan for the  week ahead in the land of BRAfrica!

This week is email writing time – I shall be writing emails to  Staffordshire Outlook and City Life magazines in the hope they may help to publicise BRAfrica and get even more bras – because 1617 is not nearly enough!!

Oh… before I forget! We’ve had no underwear  since my last post! We have, however, had a random bag, a corset (??) and a vest… Didn’t expect to find a corset to be honest!

Moving on to this week’s random bra facts!

According to Rigby & Peller (for those who don’t know who Rigby & Peller are, they are a rather up-market supplier of underwear and they’ve had a Royal Warrant of Appointment to The Queen since 1960):

  • A third of women frequently discard a bra immediately after purchase when they get home and discover it doesn’t fit properly after all
  • 20% admit they haven’t worn lingerie which was bought on impulse
  • 70% would rather wear am old grey bra which feels like a second skin than an expensive new purchase which turns out to be uncomfortable

That’s all for this week!

Thanks for dropping by

Taylor

I’m baaaaaack!

So I recently got back from my big adventure in Austria where I actually nailed standing on skis and somehow going down a mountain! I may have done a lot of it on my backside, but that’s not important….. and I have the most epic bruises!!  I also managed to get a certificate for “Toughest Girl” based on the amount of times I fell over and managed to get up again…. without serious injury!!

Anyway, back to business!

So after two whole weeks of no bra counting, our office was looking very very full. Very full indeed. This morning I did some counting, and I highly suggest you all take a seat because………

WE HAVE HIT 1277 BRAS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!

In the two weeks  I was away, we collected 337 bras, and with a remainder of 40 from last time, I managed to box up 7 boxes of 50!

23 April 7 bixes

The past two weeks’ thanks go to:

Myself 🙂

Vanessa S

The Old Mining College

David Arthur Opticians

Debonhair

Alice L

Gaz

Michelle O (YAY WE FOUND HER)

Hannah T

Jan B

Jo B

and June B!

Also a special mention to Gaynor who recently contacted me and came to pick up collection boxes and posters! Looking forward to seeing how many she’ll collect!

Denonhair surprised us the other week when we dropped by and came out with 3 huge bin bags!

3 bags from debonhair

David Arthur’s is still a strong drop off point which never fails to collect, and the Mining College is gradually increasing in popularity all the time!

I am looking at getting in contact with local schools to raise the awareness of BRAfrica and to collect even more bras! If anybody knows anybody who goes to school at the Lichfield schools (Netherstowe, The Friary,  King Edward’s) or knows who I need to get in touch with, it would be much much appreciated if you could contact me to let me know!

Fun Fact of the week!

Guinness World Record for largest natural breasts.

Annie Hawkins Turner (AKA Norma Stitz) holds the world record for the largest natural breasts, at a whopping 48V as of 2000! She has an under breast measurement of 109.22 cm (43 in) and an around chest-over-nipple measurement of 177.8 cm (70 in). My back hurts just thinking about it! According to Annie, by third grade she was already in a woman’s bra; she never went through a training bra stage as she developed too quickly. Over the years, her back muscles have strengthened enough to help support the mass of boob on her chest, and she says that she will not get a breast reduction of any sort as she doesn’t want to mess with nature! Go girl!

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That’s all for this week! Thanks for stopping by!

Taylor

Bra-vo!

Neuf cent quarante

Neunhundertvierzig

Negenhonderdveertig

Naw cant a deugain

NINE HUNDRED AND FORTY

940!!!

It’s been a bit busy!

This week we have boxed up 250 bras (5 boxes) and had a remaining 50 from last week so we have a total of 6 boxes to send off!  Apparently 6 boxes of 50 is taller than me…

Booooooo

940 bras altogether and 267 this week alone! To put this into perspective for some, with 940 bras I could give every student at Erasmus Darwin Academy a bra and then 10 teachers. Crazy huh?

This week we have had to collect from David Arthur Opticians twice as their collection point has been overflowing! Two bin bags full! What a response!

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We also collected  bras from the Old Mining College thanks to the Burntwood Council drop off point!

 

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After collecting bra goodies from the Old Mining College, we dropped off two boxes of 50 which should now be well on their way to Smalls for All!

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Speaking of Smalls, I finally received an email from them during the week with a photo of one of my boxes that was found in their warehouse! How cool? I should also be featured on the next thanks list which is such an honour to me as it makes me realise that I am making a difference.

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I will be collecting from Debonhair during the week – do not fear ladies I will be in to pick up!

This weeks thanks go to:

David Arthur Opticians and all who dropped their bras there

The Old Mining College and the lovely ladies who left some for us there

Stef S

T Mugg

Laura M

Jordon H

Gill S

Jo G

Caszandra T

Once again no Michelle O!

Michelle O, Michelle O, where for art thou Michelle O?

(note the impressive Shakespeare Romeo & Juliet quote – very impressive when you know I am studying Macbeth and not R&J!)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

After two months of me collecting bucket loads of upper-decker-flopper-stoppers,  my school has let me know that they are finally joining the party and plan on sending out messages to parents.  With the huge amounts of bras that we are still receiving, the BRAfrica team (both of us! (thanks Mum!)) have decided to extend the period of time BRAfrica is running for this year. We will now be collecting bras until the end of August instead of April! Wooooo!

Also just a reminder that we do not collect knickers as Smalls For All do not accept them unless they are brand new. So unless you’re willing to buy new packs of panties to donate to women, please do not send in any underwear! Thank you!

Fun Bra Facts!!

  1. Women own, on average, 9 bras
  2. Ancient Greeks thought the Milky Way was made from drops of breast milk of the goddess Hera
  3. The average bra size today is 36C which has changed from a 34B 15 years ago
  4. On average, women will change bra size about six times over
  5. According to studies, British women have the largest breasts with about 50% wearing at least a D cup

Some weird and wonderful facts to get you through the week!

Now, there will unfortunately be no blog next Sunday as I am away in Austria with the school skiing! While I am away, my mum will be packing everything up in a corner ready for when I come home!

That is all for this week; I’m really excited to think that by the next blog post we may be over 1,000 bras.

Thank you for stopping by!

Taylor

 

 

An exciting week indeed!

This week has been very very busy for BRAfrica! But before we get onto that, how many bras are we up to now? Let’s see……..

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673! We really are smashing this target of 500! Could we get to 1,000 by end of April…? emoji

This week’s thanks go to:

Alicia

Lisa B

Vanessa S

Debonhair (collection point)

and David Arthur (another drop off point).

No Michelle O!! Send out a search party and an ambulance – she’s missing!

Now for the exciting news!

I’m in the newspaper! I told you all last week that I was interviewed by the Lichfield Mercury, and my face appeared on p.16!

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Those who have read the article will be aware that Debonhair in Netherstowe is now an active drop off point for the bras, as well as The Old Mining College in Chasetown and David Arthur Opticians in Lichfield. How exciting! Big thanks to all involved in helping me set up these points and a special thanks to Jayne for her support and assistance!

I met with Pam at the Old Mining College on Monday and, as well as learning a bit about Chasetown itself in their teeny tiny museum, we discussed the topic of bras and had our photo taken with the box and the poster (photos again by Robert Yardley).

having photos taken old mining college

On Friday I also met with Morgan Arthur from David Arthur opticians to officially organise the drop off point and have photos taken (by Mum this time!).  Thanks Morgan!

DavidArthur drop off 24 March

On Monday we also sent off two more boxes to Smalls For All as the office was getting a little full, and today we boxed up another 50! Go girlies!

More boxes! 20 March

B-B-B-B-BRA FACTS!

I’m sure all you ladies out there have heard of the Moon Walk, however you might not know much about it. Well after this blog you will, don’t worry!

The Moon Walk is where women walk the length of a marathon in the middle of the night around London wearing sassy bras. Yes, sassy bras! The walk serves purpose as it is raising awareness and money for breast cancer. This year’s moon walk is on 17 May.

The Moonwalk or the Walk the Walk first because a thing 20 years ago when 13 women power walked the New York City marathon in their bras to raise awareness for breast cancer. Over the years, word has spread and the charity has encouraged thousands of women to join in and walk the marathon in the dark wearing their bras to raise money and awareness.

I think the Moonwalk is a fantastic way for women to raise money and awareness – hey, I may even consider doing it! RIP my feet if  do!

Thanks all for this week – thanks for dropping by!

 

Taylor.

There’s no stopping me now!

Ladies and gentlemen, you all deserve a huge round of applause because this week BRAfrica has smashed its target of 500 bras by hitting……..605!!

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In two months too! But just because we’ve hit target doesn’t mean I don’t want more!! Keep them coming! Imagine how many more lives we can change by the end of April – keep rummaging and searching high and low for your old bras; somebody needs them!

This weeks big thanks go to:

Vanessa S

Kelly M

Mackenzie P

Susan D

and of course – Michelle O!

Katy C and her two adorable daughters Charlotte (4) and Imogen (8) came by to visit us on Monday and get a photo for the girls’ to take to their relevant scouts groups. It is amazing to see how a charitable action can inspire the next generation! It was fabulous to meet the girls and their mom Katy who had travelled all the way from Kingsbury to drop in.  Thank you for coming and BIG thanks for your collection of 72 bras girls!

Imogen and Charlotte

In other exciting news, guess who was interviewed by the Mercury on Thursday? Moi! Andy Kerr was kind enough to meet me in Lichfield and talk to me about BRAfrica and my DofE challenge. We met at Debonhair (118 Netherstowe, Lichfield) which is where BRAfrica’s new drop off point is – thank you Deb for supporting me in this! After the interview, Robert Yardley took photos of me with Deb and Jayne Marks (councillor) to go into the newspaper this week! I’m so grateful to all of them for being so supportive.

Tomorrow I am meeting Robert and another councillor at the Old Mining College in Burntwood to set up another drop off point for you all! (Queens Street, Chasetown).  I’ll post on my Facebook page when the box is in place – yet another drop off point! Wow!

I am so excited for the upcoming month and to see how many bras we can all collect together as a BRAfrica team! Keep your eyes peeled for my face in the Mercury on Thursday too!

This week’s fun bra fact is about the world’s most expensive bra:

Modeled by Gisele Bündchen in 2000, the Red Hot Fantasy Bra is made of red satin and has over 1,300 stones including 300 carats of Thai rubies. It even comes with matching panties; the set costs $15 million…. yikes… braa

Copyright: Getty Images

 

That’s all for this week!

Taylor

 

Who’s epic? You’re all epic!

Holy guacamole! A few weeks back we had a huge bra drought and had no new bras arrive, so I begged you all for help and boy did I get it! This week I have hit a grand total of…….

441

So many bras! You are all absolutely amazing!  This week the office was once again very full of boxes and bags – here’s the video of me going through them all this morning…

Facebook Video

This week’s bra senders are:

Bra Woman (Michelle O – obviously)

Sue T

Jan B

Jackie C

I am also aware that Vanessa S has been helping to collect and has a fair few to be dropped off.  I believe her collection has been done by the lovely staff over at the Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield…… as they haven’t landed this week, it should boost next week’s total!

Also, whoever sent the Love Hearts sweeties – much appreciated and a lovely surprise when opening boxes and counting bras up! Om nom nom!  (if anyone else wants to throw in surprise sweeties….. feel free!!)

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I regularly get requests for the address to send bras to – so just to remind you

Taylor’s BRAfrica, The Nut House, 9 Selwyn Road, Burntwood, Staffordshire, WS7 9HU

As this project has been going on for 2 months now, I think it would be a good idea to review why I’m doing this –  for those who don’t know and to refresh the memories of others.

Bras are one of the most needed items of clothing in African countries. Bras are a symbol of wealth for the African women, and they also prevent them from being raped and used for slave labour by others. Bras also support breasts (duh) and of course some women have larger and heavier breasts than others. While the women of Africa are out working to grow crops and looking after their children, their breasts are like constant weights on their chest. I’m sure you all know the back pain larger breasts cause and are aware that bras help stop this by carrying the breasts; the women who do not have the luxury of bras have to suffer back pain and really it’s just not fair.  Owners of bras are often considered more wealthy and/or “cared for” which implies that there is a male in their life.  As such owners of bras are not thought of as being “alone” which makes them less vulnerable and less likely to be attacked or raped.

I myself was not actually aware of this issue – it wasn’t something that really occurred to me, however after doing some research I decided that perhaps I could make a difference to some lives via my DofE Bronze Award by providing those who need them with second-hand bras. But of course I couldn’t do it by myself! My BRAfrica drive has managed to collect 441 bras (8 boxes of 50 have already been sent – that’s over 2 metres of bras (6′ 6″ for those that like imperial measurements). That is 400 people we have made a difference to by clearing out drawers and cupboards for old bras we no longer wear or want.  Such a small effort on our part can make such a tremendous difference to so many other people!!  It’s amazing when you think about it!

All bras are being sent to Smalls For All who have been collecting bras and underwear for years and then sending them to countries in need. Today we have packaged up 4 more boxes, each with 50 bras inside, to send off during the week! In their newsletter for February Smalls for All have recorded that they have now sent 390,288 items of underwear out to Africa and I am very proud to be part of that total figure.

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I still cannot quite believe that I am so close to the 500 target that I set when this drive began.   Would it be too difficult to believe that with your help I could exceed target??

That’s all for this week – thanks for dropping by!

 

Taylor

 

 

 

 

From drought to waterfall…

Bra numbers have risen once again, and this week we have collected another 126 bras, causing us to hit…

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331Wow!! The wonder-women to thank this week are:

Kim S

Alice L

Mary D

Jo G

And Michelle O (of course – who would’ve guessed? Bra woman…)

My office currently holds multiple bags of bras which we will probably box up in boxes of 50 this week to send off to Smalls For All! Incase you’re curious as to just how many bras 126 is, there is a time-lapse of me counting them this morning on my Facebook!

Bra sorting!

Unfortunately we can’t post videos on here (trust me, we’ve tried) but Harley Farley did help me sort my bras this week after having a tough week – she’s a walking miracle.

(For those who didn’t know, Harley was going to be put down at the start of the week after suffering from pancreatitis for over a week with no improvements, but she took a miraculous turn last-minute and ate some food. After being sent home after the turn of events, Harley is now at home getting better every day!  However, the vet believes there is still and underlying issues – blood tests this week will reveal all..)

 

Exciting news for this week!

EDA now has a bra drop-off point in the Student Inclusion Zone (the Zone to us students) so any girls can go and leave them there for me!

We have also organised two other drop-off points in Lichfield; announcements soon to come!!

Now for the fun fact(s) of the week…

Here are 30 things you didn’t know about your boobie cups! (credit to Useless Daily)

1. The term “brassiere” was first used in Vogue in 1907. This means “support” which is what a bra is used for – to support our breasts. From there, it was shortened to the “bra” as we know it today.

2. Crete is accredited with not only the first corset, but also the first bra. In fact, they were wearing bras hundreds of years before the rest of us. Funny thing is Grecian women wore bras and corsets that supported yet exposed their breasts. You can see things like depicted in their forms of the Snake Goddess.

3. Ancient Greeks thought the Milky Way was made from drops of breast milk from the goddess Hera.

4. It was not until the 1920’s until a husband and wife team began changing the way bras were and actually started giving them cup sizes.

5. Mary Phelps Jacob created a backless bra with two handkerchiefs and a pink ribbon in 1914. A New York City socialite, Mary sold this design to Warner Brother’s Corset Company. This wasn’t the first bra type created, but it was one of the most popular.

6. The average bra size is now a 36DD. Breasts are growing and being desired larger and larger.

7. In the 70’s, the first sports bra was invented out of (get this!) two jock straps! It’s a bit disgusting to think about that part of it, but at the same time, sports bras are our lifesaver when it comes to running, jumping and working out!

8. Early bras were also known as “bust bodices” or “BBs” in the early 1900’s.

9. In 1968, women decided they didn’t like bras because they were “instruments of female torture” and they threatened to burn them! Unfortunately for them, the police wouldn’t allow that, so they had to settle for tossing them in trash cans.

10. 1907 was the year Vogue magazine first used the word brassiere in print.

11. Those of you who enjoy a good padded bra can think Frederick of “Frederick’s of Hollywood.” He invented the first padded bra in 1947. In 1948, along came the first push-up bra. Frederick can also be thanked for the first front hook bra and the thong, if you’re interested in that little bit.

12. The average bra size is now a 36DD. Breasts are growing and being desired larger and larger.

13. 6 number of times most women will change in bra size over their lifetime.

14. $16 billion amount spent worldwide on bras last year.

15. The worlds biggest breast augmentation is a 38KKK.

16. The left breast is usually bigger than the right.

17. There is an NGO that fights for women’s rights to be topless.

18. 1lb how much the average breast weighs.

19. Breasts can get fat (even though they’re already fatty tissue).

20. According to studies, British women have the largest breasts… 50% wear at least a D cup.

21. Katy Perry gets credit for the most creative bra designs

22. The most expensive bra in the world is Victoria’s Secret’s $15 million fantasy bra

23. The first push-up bra was introduced in the 1800’s.

24. In 2011, there were more than 307,180 breast enhancement surgeries performed in the U.S..

25. In China you can major in bra studies.

26.  Sleeping in a bra (apparently) makes breasts perkier. Women tend to be split right down the middle on this matter. The first half faithfully keep their bra on through the night—some for comfort, others because they firmly believe it’s the secret to flouting the forces of nature—and the other half hardly make it home before unclasping that baby. Sorry to disappoint the former, but sleeping in your bra is not what’s going to keep ’em pert. What will? “Wearing a supportive bra over time can help, especially when exercising and breasts are significantly stretching or bouncing up and down,” says Luciani. “Other than that, there aren’t many ways to really avoid it.” Le sigh.

27. In Hawaii, Texas, Ohio, New York, and Maine it’s legal for women to walk around showing off their breasts, but they can still be picked up on public nuisance laws.

28. 8 stone (112 pounds) largest natural breasts recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records

29. Implants miraculously saved an Israeli woman from death by Hezbollah rocket attack (Lebanese military organization). During the war, she was wounded in the chest by shrapnel but survived because of her boob job, done two years prior. While the patient is fine, the implant, unfortunately, did not survive.

30. In 2008, there were nearly 18,000 breast reductions performed… on men.

Who knew?!
Thats all for this week bras and braletts!
Taylor

What a quiet week!

Where have all of these boob-slings gone..?  Anyone would think you’d all ditched me! This week a grand total of zero bras have arrived at the BRAfrica household.

However we do have parcels on the way from Alice L and yet more from Michelle O (where does she keep getting them all from?!). I think it might be time to contact the local newspaper to give this drive a boost!

This week’s exciting news is……. we delivered 3 parcels of bras to Smalls For All – all containing 50 bras! 150 bras are gone; 200 in total. Wow…  That’s 200 people that we have made a difference to.

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This week’s question:

Do you sleep in your bra or not?

If so, here are 6 reasons why you should not sleep in your bra:

1 It has affects the circulation in your chest and breasts

If the wire on your bra is too tight and restricting, or is the bra is a snug fit (like a sports bra) the circulation in your chest can be damaged. This can end up harming your breast tissue over time.

2 It causes restlessness

Being constricted in your sleep can lead to you not getting a good nights sleep. I’m sure nobody likes sleeping in tight clothing as it is very constricting and all around uncomfortable. This is the same situation for your breasts but it is less noticeable. Let your boobs breathe!  

3 There is a possibility of it causing an uneven skin tone

The constant friction of the bra against your skin causes irritation which can therefore lead to discolouration. 

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4 It may result in breast fungus (yuck!)

Most women go about their day-to-day life wearing an ill-fitting bra. Bras that are too tight provide a warm, moist environment which fungi looooove. To prevent this, wash your bras regularly and do not wear them 24/7!

5 It causes skin irritation

Obviously the human body was not designed to wear a bra, and so our skin gets irritated when there is constant friction and restriction going on – especially in sensitive areas such as le breasticles. Hooks and straps can dig into your skin and can eventually cause lesions and cysts! EW! 

6 It has an impact of the physiology of your boobs.

Wearing a bra to bed can have an effect on the lymphatic system (a network of tissues which helps the body get rid of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials). This can actually mean that you are hurting your liver, kidneys etc as well as your breasts by wearing a bra to bed. It could also lead to cancer – so let those cancer-free nips be!

All in all, wearing a bra to sleep is more grim than we expected… Will these 6 helpful hints inspire you to get out of your bad (and dirty) habit or not? Let me know!

That’s all I’ve got for this quiet week!

Taylor

 

Week 4…

We all know the song “It’s Raining Men”, however this week it hasn’t been raining men, but it has been raining bras! I’m beginning to feel a little like Tom Jones with all of this underwear being thrown at me… (cue tragic picture of Tom Jones)

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Lovely…

Every time I come home from school, more bras have appeared! Who knew they could take up quite so much space?!

More than double last week’s total of 96, and smashing triple digits by quite some way, we have hit…

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205 BRAS!! *fireworks and applause*

200(and 5!)

In one month (!!) I have almost reached half of my target! Wow! The support has been overwhelming – thank you, thank you, thank you!

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This week I have also made colletion boxes for my drop off points and the first one has gone to school and into the safe hands of Mr Foster so my school friends can look forward to falling over it in the weeks ahead! Word is spreading and you will be able to see them in other schools and shops soon! If you want to volunteer a drop off point and want a box, email me at: tinkymoo@icloud.com.

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Big shout outs this week go to:

Michelle O

Melanie S

Sue F

Leonie P

Lesley W

Sallie C

Lisa B

Kirsty F

Charlotte P

and Nanny (June B)!

The first package of 50 was sent on Monday and arrived safely in Scotland on Friday. I think Smalls For All will be a bit shocked when another 150 bras show up in their post soon…

I don’t know about you but I find it kind of strange to think that all of these unused bras are just lurking at the bottom of drawers and wardrobes waiting to be found!

It’s half term week and, as well as revising for my English mock in March and the bucket load of tests I have when school begins again, I’ve got to continue working on my web skills so I will try to make a video during the week to upload next week.

Fun fact of the week: There is a bra that doubles as a gas mask! It is supposed to be snapped off in the case of an emergency and placed over the mouth; it is kept in place via the straps.

gas-mask-bra

 

That’s it for this week, thanks for dropping by!

Taylor