Rugby Advertiser’s Stamp Appeal raises enough to build African school

Brownsover Community School pupils Kacey Holmes and Dylan Cole helped collect stamps for the appeal
Brownsover Community School pupils Kacey Holmes and Dylan Cole helped collect stamps for the appeal

The people of Rugby have raised enough money to build a school in an African village through the Advertiser’s Stamp Appeal.

An incredible 430,000 used stamps have been donated so far.

The stamps are processed by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before being handed over to Oxfam and Leukaemia Care and sold on to help raise funds for vital work.

Processing the stamps involves trimming around them, separating them into UK or overseas, counting them into batches of 500 and finally bagging them up.

The initiative was launched in 2011 and is still going strong with thousands of stamps being donated every month.

Des Waddington, project coordinator for the church, said: “It’s hard to believe that so many used stamps have been donated, stamps that would ordinarily have been thrown away.

“It is incredible to think that the money raised by Oxfam would have been sufficient to build a school in an African village, changing people’s lives forever.”

Bishop Paul Hughes, the leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rugby, said: “My family and I have enjoyed processing some of the many thousands of stamps that generous readers of the Rugby Advertiser have donated.

“It’s very heart-warming to think that doing something as simple as this can help so many other people, both at home and abroad.”

The church gave 150,000 stamps to Leukaemia Care.

Nicky Sargent, fundraiser with Leukaemia Care, said: “We are so grateful to everyone in the Rugby area for their generous donations of used stamps, and the fantastic total so far.

“Every pound that is raised from them makes a real difference to the life of someone affected by a blood cancer diagnosis.

“Donating used stamps is a really accessible way for anyone to get involved in helping to raise funds, as it doesn’t cost them a penny, but raises vital awareness and funds.”

Donors can take their stamps to the new drop-off point at Wild & Free, in Bank Street, Rugby.

Steve Prime, owner of Wild & Free, said: “I’m really pleased how the response has been, the people who come into the shop are so pleased that there is still somewhere in town to drop off their stamps and that the stamps are being used for such worthwhile causes.

“Interestingly we have received two separate stamp collections so far and doubtless more to come over the Christmas and New Year period.”