Television celebrity Lorraine Kelly is the latest to ‘unclip’ and offer her ‘support’ to the ladies of a Kirkcaldy community and their unique breast cancer campaign.
Organiser Vicki Lister said she was left “flabbergasted” after a parcel, which arrived on Tuesday morning, contained a note and an autographed bra donated by the star of GMTV and Lorraine, as a gesture of support for the campaign that has captivated a whole community.
The success has really brought the community together in a way once thought impossibleVicki Lister
Around 1500 bras have been donated since the collection started three weeks ago and hung from the lampposts like bunting in the Smeaton area as a gesture of support for neighbour Angela Taylor who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Following the light-hearted gesture, bra donations have flooded in from across the region with many travelling from afar to view the unique street decorations.
“We were absolutely flabbergasted when we opened the parcel, we never expected for a minute Lorraine would have donated one of her own bras to the cause, she’s fantastic,” said Vicki Lister, the resident who started the bra chain initiative.
“People emailed Lorraine at ITV to see if she would give us a mention but she’s gone one better and sent us an autographed bra which we plan to frame,” Vicki added.
The campaigners efforts have already helped raise over £3000 to help single mum Angela who is to have an operation next week.
But organisers now say the community spirit that has generated out of the campaign has given them the drive to tackle a number of social issues within the area.
“The success has really brought the community together in a way once thought impossible and we want to use that to bring about lasting improvements in Smeaton, an area that is usually in the news for all the wrong reasons,” Vicki explained.
“People want real changes and will make it happen,” she added.
And that raw enthusiasm is something local councillor Kay Carrington says can bring lasting benefits.
“The enthusiasm and desire of these ladies knows no bounds and that must be celebrated,” said the councillor.
“They have so many positive ideas and I’m looking into what practical support I and Fife Council can give to make those ideas become a reality.
“Smeaton residents have taken ownership of their community, it is a very exciting time, so much can be achieved.”
n Fundraising continues with a car-boot sale on Saturday 24 at Veronica Hall, 10am - 2pm