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Charity support from bra appeal

PUBLISHED: 16:06 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:10 25 August 2010

PINK POWER: Barry Owen, centre manager at Erith Riverside Shopping Centre,  with the Mayor of Bexley Councillor Nick O’Hare and Maria.

PINK POWER: Barry Owen, centre manager at Erith Riverside Shopping Centre, with the Mayor of Bexley Councillor Nick O'Hare and Maria.

A MAYOR may have caused a few raised eyebrows when asking for women to take off their bras for charity.

A MAYOR may have caused a few raised eyebrows when asking for women to take off their bras for charity.

The Mayor of Bexley Councillor Nick O'Hare and his wife Maria launched a bra bank at Erith Riverside Shopping Centre last Thursday to help raise funds for children's charity Barnardo's.

The bras will go on to be exported to Third World countries.

The Mayoress, who kicked off the campaign by making the first donation, said: "I think this is a really unique and fantastic idea, raising funds for really worthwhile causes. Bra-vo Erith Riverside!"

Barry Owen, centre manager at Erith Riverside Shopping Centre, added: "I know what a strong and caring community Bexley is and I'm sure that during the campaign we can pull together and ensure that Barnardo's receives great support for the wonderful work that they do."

Donated bras will be weighed and the value per kilo will be donated to Barnardo's, which supports abused and neglected children across the UK, before they are shipped out to Third World nations.

The bright pink bra bank is situated within the centre and clean wearable bras of any size are wanted.

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