Smalls from Swansea University make a big impact

Midwifery staff and students attended the International Day of the Midwife event in the Senedd, Cardiff, on 6th May with bags full of underwear in support of charity Smalls for All.

A group of midwifery students from Swansea University attended the event, along with Susie Moore, from the College of Human and Health Sciences’ Midwifery and Reproductive Health Team, with generous donations of bras and knickers from University staff.

Smalls for All help to collect and distribute this underwear, to women and children in Africa who need it most; women who can afford underwear tend to be seen as having someone who cares for them – a husband, brother or father. They are not on their own so they are not seen as vulnerable.


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Susie said:

“The donations from Swansea University made for the largest contribution by far. The response was really overwhelming – my car boot was jammed! The collection of bras and pants will be sent to various parts of Africa where women who wear underwear are considered 'cared for'. This mean they are less likely to be raped or subjected to other forms of abuse. These small donations will thus make a big difference to these women's lives.

“If you've ever been to the Senedd before, you'll know that all bags have to be x-rayed on entry. Needless to say the fine collection of frills and lace brightened up the security guards evening!”

The event was aimed at midwives from around Wales, who shared their experience of voluntary work around the world.  Final year student midwife, Katie Chilvers, has recently returned from Tanzania and alumni student, Catrin Ellis, shared her experiences of voluntary work in Gambia as part of the Swansea Gambia link.

Pictured (l-r): Ann-Marie Thomas (chair of the Swansea Midwifery Society, year 2), Charlie Black (year 1), Katie Chilvers (year 3), Chief Nursing Officer Professor Jean White, Cath Jones (Swansea University alumnus), Susie Moore, Liz Wonders (year 1), Sharon Allen (year 1), and Carys Giddings (year 1).