Flashing knickers for a good cause: It’s Christmas in Islington
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It’s not often you see a group of middle-aged women flashing their knickers in the middle of the street.
This was the eye-catching scene outside the Brown Bear cafe in Cross Street on Thursday.
The reality, however, was a little more in keeping with the plush surroundings of nearby Upper Street.
The so-called “Knicker Drop-Off Girls” were meeting to leave over 150 pairs of knickers for a Christmas appeal. The underwear, and luxury toiletries, were this week given to Holloway charity Solace Women’s Aid, which houses women who have suffered violence and takes in 900 a year from Islington.
Angela Neustatter, the brainchild of the appeal, said: “Somebody mentioned it to me that many women in refuges don’t get things like new knickers or toiletries – items of an indulgent or luxury nature.
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“Imagine not being able to afford new knickers, having to wear the same ones.
“It sometimes feels like we take these things for granted. It felt wrong that I am able to lead a comfortable life, not having to worry about this sort of thing.”
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Angela, 73, who also lives in Cross Street, praised the response of the Knicker Drop Off Girls: “It was a very straightforward. I put out a few appeals and the response from these women was magnificent – we filled three hampers of goods.”
For more information about Solace Women’s Aid, visit solacewomensaid.org