Ashton on Mersey (North) Rangers, from Girlguiding Greater Manchester West County, have exceeded their target of 100, by collecting a whopping 338 bras for Frip Ethique in Senegal.

Frip Ethique is Oxfam’s social enterprise where donated items are sorted and sold to local market traders. Over 500 small traders buy stock from the enterprise to run their own businesses.

Ranger members were keen to support the initiative, which aims to ensure that donations make the most money possible and enable people to earn a living.

The girls, with the support of leaders around the division, threw themselves into the task. The Rangers weren’t shy about asking for donations from friends and family members; one Ranger got her local women’s institute involved.

Suzie Mawbey, age 17, said, " Collecting the bras was a great way to help raise awareness and improve the physical well-being of women in Africa as well as recycling. We improved people’s lives for the better in an initiative many people could be a part of."

Tamsin Woodeson, leader, said, "I'm incredibly proud of the Rangers - they have worked really hard to make a practical and positive difference for women and girls like them in Africa."

Maureen Thomson, from Oxfam, said: "The difference bras can make to the women in Africa is amazing and we are thrilled that the group have worked so hard to collect that number of bras."

Girlguiding North West England offers girls as young as five the opportunity to be independent, learn new skills, gain confidence, make new friends and have fun.

The charity offers all girls aged 5 to 25 the chance to take part in a wide and varied programme, incorporating everything from world issues and science to adventure sports and international travel.


About Frip Ethique

Bras - and other clothes - you donate here in the UK could end up getting sorted and sold in Senegal at Frip Ethique, Oxfam's social enterprise.

Frip Ethique is an Oxfam-run social enterprise in Senegal. Most of the workers are women, who sort and sell clothes donated to Oxfam - including your bras - to local market traders.

It's a great way of making sure donations make the most money possible. And it's also a great way of enabling people to earn a living.

The profits are also invested in Oxfam's work fighting poverty in Senegal. Over 500 small traders buy stock from Frip Ethique and run their own businesses.