Rugby Advertiser’s Stamp Appeal reaches half a million milestone

Barbara Prime, of Wild & Free, with project co-ordinator Des Waddington
Barbara Prime, of Wild & Free, with project co-ordinator Des Waddington

Kind-hearted people in Rugby have helped the Advertiser’s Stamp Appeal reach the half a million milestone.

The used postage stamps are sold to raise money for charities Oxfam and Leukeamia Care.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints process the stamps prior to them being sent to the charities to raise money for projects and equipment.

The processing involves cutting excess paper from around the stamps, separating them into UK or overseas and counting them into batches of 500.

Kevin Hateley, fundraising manager at Leukaemia Care, said: “This latest milestone is fantastic and we are so grateful for the support of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Rugby Advertiser and the local community.

“Sending in used postage stamps is an easy and simple way to raise money for Leukaemia CARE; a kilo of stamps would help to fund our online GP learning tool to ensure that patients face shorter delays in diagnosis.

“The earlier a patient is diagnosed, the better the treatment outcome.”

Stamps have been donated by schools, businesses and residents in Rugby.

Des Waddington, project coordinator for the church, said: “When we started this project with Rugby Advertiser, we could never have imagined that local people could generate half a million used stamps for these good causes.

“I am so grateful to everyone who has been involved. It has been a lot of hard work and many volunteers have been involved in processing the stamps.”

Steve Prime, owner of organic fruit and vegetable shop Wild and Free, is using his store in Bank Street, Rugby, as a drop off point.

Steve said: “The appeal supports two fantastic charities and I wanted to do my bit to help.

“People can drop the stamps off here in any quantity and we will put them in the collection box and make sure they get to the members of the church.”