Mr Toad’s spare bras go to breast cancer charity

THERE’S only one thing to do with a bag of unwanted bras…give them to a charity that’s funding breast cancer research!

Sheffield’s Handsworth and Hallam Theatre Company recently completed a run of acclaimed musical The Wind in the Willows, which featured a scene in which eccentric and over the top hero Mr Toad attempts an escape from the law by dressing as a washer woman.

And now the curtain has come down on the final performance, the selection of underwear used in the comic sequence is being donated to the Against Breast Cancer bra recycling scheme, which takes unwanted or unloved bras and, through a network of bra banks, raises vital funds for pioneering breast cancer research.

The company was inspired to make the gift because actor Alison Stansall, who played Mrs Hedgehog, has herself been through treatment for breast cancer.

Fellow cast member Alice Mckenzie lost her mum to cancer while Charlotte Ogden has recently qualified as a radiographer, after completing a placement at Weston Park Hospital.

“The only reason I was able to take part in The Wind in the Willows was because of the wonderful work being done by the National Health Service and the continued research into breast cancer,” said Alison.

“The Against Breast Cancer bra recycling scheme might seem like a fun sort of campaign but it is helping to fund the sort of research that makes a massive difference to people like me.

“We’re giving Mr Toad’s bras to the campaign and I’d urge everybody else to go through their drawers and see if they’ve got something they can give to this fantastic charity.”

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