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So, this is it…

Good afternoon, my upper-decker-flopper-stoppers!

As you are all aware, today is 3rd September: meaning that my Bronze DofE Brafrica Project has come to an end. *sniffles*

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Oh, please, stop crying! Give me a few months and I’ll be back again for my Silver Award! Gah! You’re all such drama queens!

So, shall we take a moment to reflect on the past 6 months of BRAfrica?

Ahem.

On 21st January 2017, I sat down in my pyjamas and set up this blog after a long family discussion as to what I could do for my DofE that would actually make a significant difference to the lives of others.

As a family, we settled on an end goal of 500 bras. I remember being sat there thinking ‘if I manage to collect 500 bras, I will be so happy! 500 is a lot!!’. Little did I know that I would smash that target within 8 weeks!!! Never did I dream that after 7 months I would have over 2000!

brafrica-60-brasHere we have the infamous photo of me with my first pile of bras. I can tell you there are 60 bras in this photo, and that I was over the moon to be boxing up my first batch of bras.

And here we have a series of photos from only a few months later where we had 7 boxes in a week, piles larger than my dogs, and piles large enough to jump out of! Who would’ve thought?

Ladies and gentlemen, I am unbelievably proud to announce that our final total for my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award BRAfrica Project is….

Two thousand, four hundred and sixty-five bras (that’s 49 and a half boxes)

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Yeah, I know! What an odd number to finish on! Honesty it could have at least been a nice round number!

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Okay, okay, I’ll be serious now.

Together, we have managed to donate enough bras to help change the lives of so many women. We have prevented horrific things such as rape, inslavery, and infections, as well as improving their person hygiene and probable back pain. What an amazing thought.

I believe I have some thanks to give…

This week’s bra givers are:

Millie T

Debonhair, on quite a large-scale!

and Alli W

Thank you guys!

Now, I would like to take a moment to thank Morgan from David Arthur Opticians, Deb from Debonhair, and the ladies at the Old Mining College for being absolutely fantastic. I am so grateful for their support and the phenomenal amount of bras they have all collected as a contribution to this project. Thank you!

I would also like to thank Jayne Marks for her unwavering support throughout my BRAfrica journey. Jayne is the lady who organised two of the three drop off points, as well as my interview with Andy for the Mercury newspaper a few months ago. Thank you so much!

There is one woman in particular that I would like to speak about, as she has been my No. 1 supporter since day 1. She has stood by my through these past 7 months and has helped me, supported me, and guided me through sticky patches. Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause for my mum please! (photo from Crete 2015)

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Last but not least I would also like to thank my beautiful models for being a large part of my BRAfrica image and journey! Woof!

Oh! And a huge shoutout to Group 2! Well done for completing your Bronze Awards guys, perhaps we’ll end up doing silver together too!

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Right, moving forward onto next time!

Of course I shall be kicking this project off again next time when I begin my Silver Award! My volunteering will be, obviously, collecting my bras, and my skills section will be a continuation of my social media skills. Hey, you may even end up getting a few vlogs as I go about my bra business! Who knows?

Before I go, just a reminder:

We will never turn down bras so keep ’em coming!

I believe that’s all for now! I shall see you again for my silver award…

Taylor

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Holy bra-comoly!

Hello bras and bralettes! Long time no see!

Now, the next blog post I do will be the final blog post for BRAfrica until it hits off again as this part of my DofE ends at the end of this month… *sniffles and cries are heard*

I know, I know, it’s been fun! And, whilst being fun, us as a community of ladies (and gentlemen – I’m not here to judge!) have potentially made a difference to

2342 women

How amazing is that? Very. It is very amazing.  2342 bras … that initial aim of 500 bras seems so long ago. I can remember getting excited when I reached 100 bras!!  2342 bras which would possibly have been thrown away and ended up in landfill are now continuing to provide an uplifting and supportive experience to  ladies in various countries in Africa.  Just wow.

This week, our thanks go to:

David Arthur Opticians

Debonhair

The Old Mining College

Nick S (his drop off from the university girls!)

Michelle O

and Charlotte S!

Just a reminder that we are collecting BRAS ONLY! Please do not send underwear, swimming costumes, tights, corsets, etc. Thank you 🙂 !

Now for a quick catch up before we find out what’s coming up in the next few weeks…

As you may have seen on my Facebook page (@TaylorBRAfrica – go and follow me if you aren’t already!), following on from my previous magazine articles – I was featured in Staffordshire Outlook too!!

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Two weeks ago, yours truly spent two whole days in the blazing sun carrying an unnecessarily large rucksack to complete my bronze DofE! Woop woop! Our group’s aim was to complete a Jelly Babies DofE Adventure, so, we had 7 jelly babies (I was green) that showed our journey through a series of pictures. Unfortunately my camera died as soon as we started walking because someone (cough MUM cough) forgot to charge it so I only have two photos of the whole expedition as we used Joe’s camera for the rest. Nevertheless here you go!

 

The Friday before DofE, Mum and I went to go and see the legendary Blink-182!!! IT. WAS. A M A Z I N G. Mum was loving enough to buy a tour shirt for me!!  A fantastic concert and we both came out suitably deaf!

And finally, little ol’ me had a birthday and turned 15 – happy birthday me! I spent the day at school watching films (I mean it was the last full day!) and then I went out for a meal with my family, Pompa, and Matthew where I was surprised with..quite the candle…! I had an amazing birthday and now have a small library of 12 books to work myself though this summer! I’m afraid you won’t be seeing much of me; too busy in another world!

Okay so now we’ve covered the past few weeks, lets take a look into the future!

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Next week, a week today actually, the Nut House (minus the dogs and the snake) flies to Salou! Can I get a ‘OooooOOoo’? Super sun, a beach across the road, historic roman ruins, and a water park!

Tarragona Ampitheatre ^                         Me right now ^

And, sadly, the end of BRAfrica is drawing near but fear not – BRAfrica will be up and running again next year for my silver! WE WILL NEVER TURN A BRA DOWN! If you miss the deadline (Aug 30) we will still take in your donations and store them until next year!

I believe that is all for this week! Adios amigos, and happy (wet) summer!

Taylor

Boobalicious ladies!

Aloha one and all!

So, we better start with the big news!

We have hit 2000 bras! 2094 to be exact. That smashes the original target of 500 by 4 gigantic times!

I am completely blown away by the amount of support I have received – to think that together we have changed and improved the lives of so many women! Just WOW.

Massive thanks for the continuing support and this weeks Roll of Honour includes:

Sue P

Jo G (again!! – you superstar!)

Viv P

Allison W

Vanessa S (again! Another superstar!)

Jackie C

And of course our drop off points at:

David Arthur Opticians, Lichfield

Debonhair, Lichfield

The Old Mining College, Chasetown

Thank you very much guys!

Now, you may be wondering where I’ve been lately… well…

Last weekend I was off on my DofE practice expedition which was extremely tiring! It was so different to the training expedition that we ended up getting so lost on the first day that it took us 2.5 hours extra to complete the trek!! The second day was much better and we did it in exactly 6 hours – go team! Thank you Kyle and Charlotte for 90% of the photos taken that weekend!

Now, the D of E practice was very poorly timed because it was slap-bang in the middle of all of my mock exams. So during the week I was non-stop revising, over the weekend I was non-stop walking, and then I was back to non-stop revision! My life is quite something right now……. work, revision, study, school, repeat.  Bring on the Summer Holidays!!!

Publicity wise, City Life magazine (www.citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk) dropped through the letterbox the other week and guess who had an article featured – little me!!

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It’s been another busy Sunday morning packing up boxes and another four are now ready to go up to Smalls for All

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That’s it for this post – thanks for dropping by!

Taylor.

 

 

 

News, news, news!

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.

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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!!

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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…

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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!

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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!

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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

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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…

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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).

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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!

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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!

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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…

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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