Today is the day we will be driving around the county collecting your old bras! Here are the collection points and times for the day:
Basingstoke Sainsbury’s, 3 Wallop Drive 10am – 11am
Andover Sainsbury’s, Spring Lane 12 pm – 1pm
Basingstoke Football Club 2pm – 3pm
Garthowen Garden Centre, Four Marks 4pm – 5pm
Asda, The Bridge Shopping Centre, Fratton, Portsmouth 10am – 11am
Sainsbury’s, Hedge End Retail Park (near the petrol station) 11.30am – 12.30pm
Winchester, Middlebrooke car Park 1pm – 2pm
Paulton’s Park, car park 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Beaulieu Motor Museum, car park 4pm – 5pm
There will be a special collection route around Southampton with Eco Ernie, the recycling milk float, loaned to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance by Southampton Solent University. Here are Ernie’s collection points:
West Quay Retail Park 11am – 12pm
Central Baptist Church, Devonshire Road 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Southampton Solent University 2pm – 3pm
Isle of Wight
On the Isle of Wight there will be a collection point open from 9am until 4pm at the Isobel Centre, Newport. “Swap a ‘D’ cup for a tea cup” is asking for ladies to bring along a bra in exchange for a cup of tea.
If you would like a ‘Bag-a-Bra’ collecting bag, want to know where your nearest ‘Bag It Up’ recycling bank is situated, or just require further information about this campaign, then please call 023 8033 3377.
On Bank Holiday Monday, whilst the rest of us are possibly chilling out, three of our supporters will be pounding the streets of London in support of HIOWAA, as participants in the Bupa London 10,000 event.
Samar, Ian and Phil will be starting the race at 10 a.m. in St James’s Park . The Race starts (and finishes) in The Mall and follows a clockwise route around the City of Westminster and the City of London. Runners pass many of London’s famous sights including, Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, Bank of England, Leadenhall Market, The Monument, Millennium Bridge, Tate Gallery, Cleopatra’s Needle, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
So if you are in London on Monday, please give the runners a big cheer – thank you.
Good luck Samar, Phil and Ian from everyone at HIOWAA, we hope you have a great day, and many thanks for supporting HIOWAA, which really is greatly appreciated.
Why I started, well that's easy, I know what a good cause this is for both the Air Ambulance and for the women in West Africa.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance were giving out Bag a Bra bags on the Wightlink ferry when I went to the isle of wight, and I thought what a brilliant idea, as I am one of many women who don’t know what to do with their old bras, well who would want them ??
So first of all I contacted my friends, and they started dropping off their bras they no longer wanted, then they contacted their friends, I found it’s a bit of a personal thing, so as soon as everybody realised I had a collection box on my porch, so that nobody would know who brought what bras in, it just seemed to escalate, then I put an advert on Facebook and to all my dancing contacts, I now have the local scouts group, community centre, Alton College and Treloar college.
Then the Herald newspaper got hold of the info, and they offered a collection point in the centre of town in their office, then the local slimming groups joined.
Then the local Kestral Radio station got involved as well as the Paper the Post Gazzette, every morning I wake up, I check my box and facebook and email and am amazed that still more are arriving ,waiting for collection ,I thought it would fade out but hey I am even busier than ever collecting bras, up to date I have collected 5,592 bras which “Bag it up” have taken for processing , the most amazing bit is I collected 1,500 in just under 9 weeks, amazing what you can do with the help of friends.
On Sunday 9th June there will be a Cream Tea afternoon held from 2pm - 4pm at Braishfield Recreational Ground, Romsey. Tickets cost just £5 per person which includes two fresh scones, jam, clotted cream and bottomless cups of tea!
Even the rain won't stop this event happening as an alternative place has been set up incase of wet weather. All proceeds will go to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, so to buy your tickets to help raise money for this vital service, please telephone Wendy Jeffery on 01794 367282 (after 6pm)
Many, many, thanks to everyone who volunteered in the shop, donated goods and purchased them, your support was greatly appreciated.
On the opening Saturday, we even had a small queue to get in! and we had a constant stream of buyers throughout the two weeks of the shop being open, which resulted in the marvellous amount of £3,500 being raised.
We were very fortunate in that a local farmer kindly allowed us the use of one of her barns to be able to sort, and store stock, which was a huge help.
A massive thank you to all the volunteers who helped to sort the stock – an arduous task but not without its humorous moments! - and also to those volunteers who helped man the shop throughout the two weeks. Without this marvellous help from our great volunteers, events like this could not happen, so we are very grateful to everyone involved.
Many thanks to everyone involved with the shop, as by doing this, you have also supported the work of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, which is why your continued help is so important to us.