Readers’ donations raise charity cash

Des Waddington with Nicky Sargent
Des Waddington with Nicky Sargent

More than 400,000 stamps have been handed over as part of a huge community fundraising initiative.

The stamp project has been run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Many readers of the Daventry Express have been bringing stamps into the offices in the High Street and made a significant contribution to the appeal.

Des Waddington, the stamp project co-ordinator for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints said: “This project has gone from strength to strength due to the kindness of people in the Daventry area.

“So many people have taken the time and trouble to donate stamps and then process them before they are handed over to charities. These charities then sell them on to raise vital funds.”

The stamps have been donated to Leukaemia CARE which provides support to people suffering with blood cancer.

The charity provides advice and information to anyone affected by a diagnosis. The latest appeal is likely to raise more than £100 for the charity.

Nicky Sargent, fundraising officer at Leukaemia CARE, said: “Not many people know that money can be raised from tiny bits of paper that would normally get thrown away.

“As this latest milestone shows, when added together old stamps can generate significant funds for charity and we are so grateful to both The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the people of Daventry for their ongoing support.”

Readers of the paper who still wish to contribute to the campaign are now being asked to take their used stamps to the Post Office in Sheaf Street, Daventry and hand them in at the counter.