A TOTAL of 100,000 stamps have now been collected through the Advertiser Stamp Appeal.
Through the charity appeal, launched earlier this year, Oxfam has been given 85,000 stamps.
The other 15,000 stamps have been given to Leukaemia Care, as well as a collection of stamp albums that are expected to fetch more than £500 at auction.
Oxfam sell bags of mixed stamps and cards of sets, while valuable stamps will be sent to auction. Leukaemia Care sell the stamps by weight and they are recycled for their silk content.
But we couldn’t have done it without the generosity of the Advertiser readers who have donated thousands of stamps.
Advertiser editor Simon Steele said: “Thank you so much to everyone who has donated stamps. To reach this 100,000 milestone in just a matter of months is incredible. It will help provide much-needed funds for charity.
“I’d also like to thank the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for their support. They have spent weeks counting, cropping, sorting and bagging all the stamps.”
Des Waddington from the church said he was thrilled that the people of Rugby have responded so enthusiastically to the appeal.
Mandie Fitzgerald, community fundraiser for Leukaemia Care, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of your readers who contributed to the appeal. Every pound makes a real worthwhile difference.”
Vijay Adhyaru, manager of the Oxfam shop in Regent Street, Rugby said: “I would like to thank Des from the church for the time and effort he has put in to collect the stamps for Oxfam in Rugby.
“It will generate extra income for us and will be used for projects in Africa.”
Used stamps can still be dropped off at the Advertiser and we will pass them on to charity.