Charity stamp project unveils new drop off point on town high street

Ben Webb with Des Waddington
Ben Webb with Des Waddington

Daventry residents wishing to donate their used stamps to charity will have a new drop off point at Orchard Print Services.

The stamps are collected by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and donated to charities Oxfam and Leukaemia Care who can sell them on to raise vital funds.

The stamps are sorted and processed by volunteer from the church.

Rare, unusual and foreign stamps are then packaged up and sold on to collectors.

More common stamps, including first and second class, are taken away and processed to extract fibres from them which can then be sold on to make more money for charity so that no stamp is wasted.

Until recently the offices of The Gusher were used as a drop off point, but the closure of the reception has made this less viable.

Des Waddington is a project coordinator at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which runs the charity stamp project. He said: “The post office will continue as well, but the project is gathering pace and we needed more places for people to drop off their stamps.

“Due to the on-going success of the project a second collection point is needed and Orchard Print Services have kindly stepped forward.”

“So far we have raised about 425,000 stamps collected for charity over the last five years in Daventry alone, and we are now expanding the project into other areas including Rugby and Coventry.”

“It’s hard to believe that in this modern age of emails and the like, that the people of Daventry have collected so many stamps for good causes.

“We hope that this new drop off point will get new residents involved in the project.”

“The money raised by the charities will have made a difference to the lives of people in this country and overseas – I feel a deep gratitude to the people of Daventry, on their behalf.”

Mr Waddington said he expected a surge in donations as residents receive Christmas mail from friends and family.