Looking back at a unique Bude event from 2016

Who remembers this event?

It was a lighthearted event for Mother’s Day but just imagine, for a minute, struggling to have your basic hygiene needs met; having no knickers to wear, for example, when you have a fistula, or are on your period or are just out living your womanly life, whatever form that takes.

Knickers Ahoy — Nanny Moore’s Bridge in Bude

It was time to say pants to poverty!

Knicker fairies spun their magic at the weekend. Historic Nanny Moore’s Bridge, which crosses the River Neet, was awash with lingerie on Mothering Sunday, 2016, as the women of Bude rooted through their drawers and gathered their smalls in aid of less fortunate women elsewhere. The event raised many smiles, too, on this blue-sky day, so it was a real sprinkling of magic fairy dust in the beautiful Cornish coastal town of Bude.

Hanging out the smalls

Afterwards, the Knicker Fairies were in touch to give a count…having sorted the smalls, they revealed the following stats:

Bras — 198

Knickers — 271

Some people did question whether Bude’s womenfolk were stripping off at the bridge, to add their contribution. (These were men doing the asking).

Answer: no, we women are far more organised than that — and anyway, guys, it was cold. The aim was to bring new or nearly new undies to pass on, not ones we’d been wearing that day.

The ‘more used’ bras went to a breast cancer charity and any used smalls were recycled, so it was a win-win.

The knickers ‘won’ in the numbers stakes but the fabulously grand total of 469 items was all about women helping women in an unimaginable world where not all women have access to such basic hygiene.

Smalls for All and their supporters help to collect and distribute underwear, both new pants and new or gently worn bras, to women and children in Africa who need it most. We help those living in orphanages or IDP camps, as well as those suffering from medical conditions like fistula. And Smalls is helping to fund the education of seven children in Kenya, so they can look forward to a better future. We are continuing to work with other local charitable organisations in Africa to ensure we provide help in a practical and sustainable way.


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