WOMEN are being urged not to throw out old or unwanted bras but to give them to a hospice instead.
Michael Sobell House Hospice in Northwood also needs other clothes for sale in its charity shops.
As well as clothes, it welcomes shoes, handbags, bric a brac and some items of furniture.
Clothes which cannot be sold in the hospice’s two shops are being sent to developing countries to be reused or recycled.
Bras, in particular, are rarely included in people’s donations, but they are one of the most needed items.
Textiles, clothing and shoes past their best can be recycled – all making money for the charity.
Donating items could not be easier, as the hospice will now collect from your home or place of work in a new van paid for by charity funds at local Waitrose branches and supplied by SMC Ford.
The hospice has recently acquired premises in Harefield where it can store and sort donated goods, which are then sent to the shops or their recycling partner.
It is now looking for volunteer drivers, driver’s mates and stock sorters who can help for a minimum of a half a day a week.
Internet savvy people are also needed to help list and manage the charity’s eBay activities and volunteers to run the shops are always welcome.
Hospice business manager David Mosely said: “We’re expanding our retail and recycling activities to raise much-needed funds for the hospice and if enough people volunteer and donate, we aim to open a third shop.
“We want our local community to get involved. Perhaps you could arrange a collection point at your office, business, club or place of work”
To find out more about volunteering or to arrange a collection, call the hospice on 01923 844 152.