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Rugby stamp appeal passes 400,000 mark

Des Waddington from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with Linda Vineall, who donated 20 albums of stamps that belonged to her late husband

Des Waddington from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with Linda Vineall, who donated 20 albums of stamps that belonged to her late husband

More than 400,000 stamps have been donated by the people of Rugby to the Advertiser’s Stamp Appeal.

The appeal, run with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was launched in 2011 and the money raised is split between Oxfam and Leukaemia Care.

In the case of Oxfam, the amount raised could pay for a schoolroom to be built in an African village, complete with desks, chairs, books, pencils and other equipment.

Money raised so far for Leukaemia Care could fund a CARE Line person for over a month together with funding for one support group’s meetings for a year - including the cost of the venue and refreshments.

The stamps are processed by volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rugby.

They sort them into UK and overseas, and then count them and bag them into batches of 500.

Des Waddington, project coordinator for the church, said: “The support from the people of Rugby has been fantastic and I am so grateful to them.

“It is so good to see so many people pulling together in this way to help improve the lives of others who are less fortunate than we are.”

The appeal was launched in 2011 to raise money for Oxfam and Leukaemia Care.

Oxfam sell bags of mixed stamps and sometimes a valuable stamp is sent to an auction or a collector.

Leukaemia Care sells the stamps by weight and they are then recycled for their silk content.

To get involved contact Des Waddington on (01327) 311023.

 

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