The goodwill of residents in a Kirkcaldy suburb has taken the meaning of ‘support’ to a whole new level in their bid to help a breast cancer sufferer.
For what started as a light hearted idea by Vicki Lister to ‘uplift’ the spirits of her neighbour and best friend ahead of a vital operation, has since blossomed into something that has galvanised the whole of the Smeaton community.
On Monday Vicki called on neighbours in Chestnut Avenue to donate a bra in order to decorate the front of her pal Angela Taylor’s home.
Angela had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and is facing an operation in two weeks time.
But since Vicki’s kind-hearted prank was shared on social media it’s caught the public’s imagination and already 500 bras have been donated in just three days and have now been strung up like bunting the whole length of the street.
“It’s been incredible, it was started as a bit of a laugh but since Monday people have been coming to my door at all hours with their donations,” said Vicki.
the kids round here love the idea and have become very protective of their new street decorationsVicki Lister
“There are so many bras we decided to tie them to the lampposts, they droop a bit if it rains but the kids round here love the idea and have become very protective of their new street decorations.”
Single mum Angela Taylor, who is the subject of the bra-bustingly successful effort, said she has been overwhelmed by the amount of support she has received but added there was also a serious message behind the idea.
“Already other women are telling me they are now more aware of the signs of breast cancer and that is good news,” said Angela.
Vicki now wants to carry on the bra collection until the end of October and has several fundraising events organised, the first of which is a Family Night at the Windsor Hotel on October 9.