Bumper donation for stamp project

Des Waddington collected 25,000 stamps from Kam Patel.
Des Waddington collected 25,000 stamps from Kam Patel.

The charity stamp appeal masterminded by a local church has collected 25,000 stamps from generous Daventry residents.

The latest windfall was donated via Daventry’s post office on Sheaf Street, with manager Kam Patel saying he was delighted by the ongoing response.

The donation brings the total raised by the stamp appeal to an astounding 455,000, fast approaching the half million mark. This means charities Oxfam and Leukaemia Care, the main beneficiaries, will receive some extra funding in time for Christmas. Des Waddington, project coordinator for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said: “When we started this project about four years ago, we had no idea that it would be this successful.

“The people of Daventry are amazing and their generosity has been incredible.”

Recently the church handed over the latest batch of processed stamps to Leukaemia Care.

Commenting on the donation of 150,000 stamps, Nicky Sargent, a fundraising officer with Leukaemia Care said: “We are so grateful to everyone in the Daventry 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.”

If you would like to donate to the appeal, you can do so at Orchard Print Services on Daventry High Street or the post office on Sheaf Street. The appeal accepts new and used stamps, as well as stamp books and collections. These will be sorted and then donated by church volunteers.