Bring us your bras plea

Bring us your bras - that’s the message from charity fundraisers who are seeking support for their largest challenge yet.

Actresses Sharon Holland Taylor and Brenda Chapel are taking part in a world record attempt to create the biggest bra-chain in the world.

The initiative, spearheaded by Breakthrough Breast Cancer across the country, takes unwanted bras and sells or recycles them to raise money for the charity.

Sharon, who lives in Bakewell, said: “The bras eventually end their days in Africa where it cuts the risk of sexual abuse of women dramatically, just by wearing a bra. Who would think that our discarded bras can change so much?

““We have only done the bra collection since April and have collected in the region of 1,000 bras. The biggest is 40GG.”

They started the collection as a spin-off from their touring play Dirty Laundry, which Sharon wrote with Alison Pennells and which has raised £6,000 for charities in the past year.

Dirty Laundry tells the story of a woman recovering from breast cancer who finds renewed optimism for a brighter future. But not everyone finds her new-found confidence infectious.

Sharon said: “Dirty Laundry was originally written ten years ago and played to sell-out audiences back then. Since then, the breast cancer survival rate has increased tremendously and this is reflected in the updated version of the play.

“Everyone thinks it’s a play about women for women but we have had tremendous feedback from male members of our audience.

“People have contacted us afterwards to tell us how we have encouraged them to take more risks in life and follow their own dream.”

Dirty Laundry will be aired at Sheffield City Hall’s Memorial Hall on September 12 and 13, giving its actresses a high-profile platform to project their message. Sharon said: “We are taking on our biggest challenge to date…very daunting but very exciting.“

These performances will raise money for the Bakewell-based charity Helen’s Trust, where Sharon works as a volunteer.

Derby Royal Hospital Breast Cancer Care Unit will also benefit from proceeds of Dirty Laundry when it is staged at The Guildhall, Derby, on October 18 and 19.

Sharon added: “We would love people to bring along their unwanted bras to the show.”