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Burghfield's Beki is calling on women to support her Bra Bank and Against Breast Cancer campaign



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A BURGHFIELD woman is calling on people to bring her their bras.

Beki Streeter, 49, has set up a Bra Bank collection point at Burghfield Library in a bid to keep the old undies out of landfill - and help women in African countries set up their own small businesses selling them.

Any bras that have come to the end of their lives are also recycled to raise money for breast cancer research.

Burghfield WI Bra Bank at Burghfield Library .Beki Streeter .Ref: 19-1021I..Picture by Phil Cannings.. (47077697)
Burghfield WI Bra Bank at Burghfield Library .Beki Streeter .Ref: 19-1021I..Picture by Phil Cannings.. (47077697)

Mrs Streeter, who lives in the village with her husband Matthew and their four children, said she started the initiative after finding there was no where locally to drop off her unwanted bras.

She added: "I had lots of bras to rehome and didn't wish to bin them, so I looked up on the internet what I could do and found Bra Bank. At that time two of my friends also had breast cancer so it seemed the right thing to do.

"My local library agreed to store the small recycling bin and to support my venture.

Burghfield WI Bra Bank at Burghfield Library .Beki Streeter .Ref: 19-1021E..Picture by Phil Cannings.. (47077672)
Burghfield WI Bra Bank at Burghfield Library .Beki Streeter .Ref: 19-1021E..Picture by Phil Cannings.. (47077672)

"In March 2019 I sent off over 400 bras and I am still collecting ready for my second shipment to be sent off.

"We have two large boxes filled but I need more donations.

"The ones that can't be reworn will be pulled apart and sold off to raise money for the charity Against Breast Cancer."

Mrs Streeter's initiative is supported by the Burghfield WI, where she is a member.

Burghfield WI Bra Bank at Burghfield Library .Beki Streeter .Ref: 19-1021G..Picture by Phil Cannings.. (47077695)
Burghfield WI Bra Bank at Burghfield Library .Beki Streeter .Ref: 19-1021G..Picture by Phil Cannings.. (47077695)

She also coordinates a wash bag scheme for the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Mrs Streeeter and a number of other women in the village hand-make wash bags which they fill with donated toiletries to give to people who have been rushed into the hospital and have no supplies of their own.

If you have old bras you would like to donate you can drop them at the Bra Bank in Burghfield library or contact Mrs Streeter to arrange a collection or drop off. Her email is bekiblackberry@yahoo.com



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