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MORE than 1,000 bras were collected as part of a drive by an air ambulance charity.

Bag a Bra Day is run by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) , with people from all over the county pitching in and bringing along their bras.

A total of 1,086 bras were collected by volunteers and staff members.

Collection points were held across the county, including Portsmouth and Hayling Island.

Astrium, in Portsmouth, collected six bags, and BAE Systems and Portsmouth City Council were among other businesses and companies who collected bras for the appeal.

John Perry, chief executive of HIOWAA, said: ‘We would like to say a big thank you to all the people and businesses who got involved in Bag a Bra day.’

Bras are recycled in a different way to most other clothes, as most of those donated are shipped to West Africa to be resold by street traders. The idea is that being able to wear a bra gives women status and improves their self-esteem.

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