Shops help charity aiming to say pants to poverty

Business owners in Ingleton have set up a collection point for the Smalls for All charity, which supplies underwear for girls in Africa. Elaine Ward from Everyday Essentials and Tim Culshaw from Bare Necessities prepare to add a bra to the collection.
Business owners in Ingleton have set up a collection point for the Smalls for All charity, which supplies underwear for girls in Africa. Elaine Ward from Everyday Essentials and Tim Culshaw from Bare Necessities prepare to add a bra to the collection.
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Two shops in Ingleton have joined together in a bid to help a charity which collects underwear for girls in African communities.

Tim Culshaw, who owns Bare Necessities in The Square, has teamed up with Elaine Ward, who owns Everyday Essentials across the road, to help the charity Smalls for All.

Smalls for All is a charity set up in 2010 created following a series of trips to orphanages by founder Maria Macnamara.

It collects and distributes bras and underwear among poor African communities where it is seen as a luxury item and many young girls cannot afford their own.

Tim said: “A friend mentioned the charity and I thought it was a good idea.

“We decorated two bins and put them outside the shops for people to leave their donations. They will be there for the whole of October.

“Hopefully we can help the charity as well as put Ingleton back on the map a bit.”

Elaine added: “We have had a good response. One lady from the village donated 14 bras.

“It’s a good way of helping others less fortunate than ourselves.”

To help, just take along either brand new underwear or new or gently worn bras to the shops this month.