A frankly amazing find among stamps donated in Daventry

Natasha Sambrooks from Orchard Print and Des Waddington, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Natasha Sambrooks from Orchard Print and Des Waddington, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

A rare discovery was made in a pile of used stamps donated in Daventry to help two charities.

The latest batch of around 20,000 used stamps donated to the stamp appeal contained full sheets of mint condition stamps.

One very kind donor had handed in some full sheets of Guernsey, pre decimal stamps that were in mint condition. The initial estimate of the value of these sheets was put at around £75.

The Stamp Appeal project is run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the stamps ultimately find their way to Oxfam and Leukaemia Care.

Des Waddington, the project co-ordinator for the church, said: “The generosity of people throughout the Daventry area has been extraordinary and we are very grateful to everyone who has contributed to the success of this project.

“We usually thank our kind donors via the Daventry Express, but we would love the opportunity to meet with this mystery donor, face to face, to offer our personal thanks for their generous donation which will provide much needed relief,” he added.

If you were the mystery donor, please get in touch with the Daventry Express by emailing editorial@daventryexpress.co.uk.

Stamps can be donated via two drop-off points in Daventry, Orchard Print Services on High Street and Daventry Post Office at the top of Sheaf Street.

The stamps are then collected, and volunteers go through them to peal them off any remaining bit of envelope, and sort them. Some of the stamps are bagged up and sent for sale at the Oxfam Bookshop in Banbury, while others are sent off to have their valuable fibres extracted.

Lis Griffin regional stamp coordinator based at Oxfam Bookshop in Banbury said: “Yet again, I am amazed at the volume of stamps collected in the Daventry area.

“Unusual stamps are always welcome and these mint sheets of Guernsey stamps are particularly interesting.

“All of the stamps are sold in the Banbury Shop.”

Jan Head, owner of Orchard Print Services, said: “We were so excited to find these sheets of stamps in the latest donations. We are overwhelmed that people would donate their lifetimes stamp collection to raise funds for charity – the local response to the stamp collecting really is fantastic!”