This Christmas we are celebrating the second anniversary of our charity appeal which has now generated an incredible 375,000 stamps.
The Advertiser Stamp Appeal was officially launched in December 2011 and two years later it is still going strong with the used stamps split between Oxfam and Leukaemia Care who sell them.
The stamps have all be donated by kind Advertiser readers and are then processed by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and associated volunteers.
The process involves cutting around the edge of the stamps, separating them into UK and overseas and then counting and bagging in batches of 500.
Jane Frohock, who has been involved in the project since it started, said: “It’s great to think that doing something as easy as sorting stamps can have such a significant impact on the lives of so many people. It has been wonderful being involved in a project that has brought so many people together in a good cause.”
Bishop Paul Hughes, the leader of the church in Rugby, said: “Having collected some stamps at work and spent a few happy hours cutting out the generous donations from Rugby Advertiser readers, I am pleased in some small way to be a part of something that can affect people’s lives in a significant way when they have very little of their own. Achieving 375,000 stamps is a great result from all who are involved.”
The money raised for Oxfam is enough to provide safe, clean water for a school, as well as providing 25 homes with a green energy pack including solar panels, solar lanterns fuel-efficient stoves, with money left over for a pair of goats.
Leukaemia Care would have raised sufficient money to fund a CARE Line person for a month together with funding for one support group’s meetings for a year – this includes the cost of the venue and refreshments.
Stamps can still be donated at our Albert Street office.