December 1, 2009

It's raining bras at Worcester

Worcestershire’s New Road withstood its first test of the winter last Tuesday, after the nearby River Severn burst its banks without penetrating the elevated entrance to the newly refurbished Graeme Hick pavilion. All of which was good news for the volunteers packed inside, who kept themselves busy on a damp evening ... by counting bras.

More than 2000 bras were donated and counted by volunteers from 2nd Skin Lingerie, who are raising money for the Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign by attempting to create the world’s longest bra chain. The current record of 166,000 has been held by the town of Bundaberg in South-East Queensland since August 2009.

The garments are hooked together in sets of 20s to form a long chain, after which each bra is then tagged with a number and re-counted. Further counts and events are being planned for next year. After the final count all bras will be distributed to local women's refuges, homeless shelters and third world countries.

Karen Tomalin of 2nd Skin Lingerie said: "The evening was a great success with thousands of bras being donated but if we are going to break the world record and raise the much needed funds for the Worcestershire Breast Unit, we need even more. So, ladies, please keep those bras coming!"

Andrew Miller is the former UK editor of ESPNcricinfo and now editor of The Cricketer magazine