Smalls make a big difference

Budleigh Salterton mum-of-two Lorraine Ralph is supporting the Smalls for All campaign, collecting underwear donations for women and children in Africa.

Today is your last chance to help Budleigh Salterton ‘knicker’ lady Lorraine Ralph give dignity to African women.

In the last month mum-of-two Lorraine, 34, of Moormead, has been supporting the Smalls for All campaign - set up to collect underwear to protect African women’s safety and health.

Since Lorraine’s campaign to collect undies began at the start of September, more than 150 items have been donated for the cause.

Lorraine’s crusade comes to an end today, Thursday, September 30, because she plans to send the donations to charity founder Maria Macnamara, from West Lothian, to distribute in Kenya in October.


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For those who want to donate today, a collection box will be at the Lawn bakery until the end of today.

Lorraine said she took the decision to set up a collection point after finding underwear donations left on her door.

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She said: “People have been laughing. I hope I won’t be known as the knicker lady!”

The Smalls for All charity is the brainchild of Maria Macnamara, from West Lothian, who began sending underwear to Zimbabwe after reading an article in which a priest revealed females who lacked underwear were more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted.

Ms Macnamara said: “In much of Africa, if you have underwear it shows that someone – be it a husband or father – is looking after you so you’re less vulnerable.”

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