More than half a million stamps have been donated to charity by generous Daventry residents, organisers have revealed.
They came on torn fragments of envelopes, in bulging cellophane bags and even entire albums all left at drop points in the town.
Now Des Waddington, project coordinator of the initiative run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, says the latest surge in stamp donations (more than 20,000) has brought the grand total to 500,000.
The stamps are processed by church members before being passed on to Leukaemia Care, which sells them by weight and Oxfam, which recycles stamps for their silk content.
Mr Waddington said:“Five years ago we could have never imagined that the people of Daventry 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.”
Lis Griffin, the regional stamp coordinator for the project, added: “Most of the stamps would undoubtedly have ended up in the bin otherwise, so this is recycling at its best. The significant amount of money raised will help Oxfam continue to bring relief to the needy.” People have been flocking to donate stamps at Orchard Print Services on High Street after the Daventry Express closed its reception to the public last year.
Jan Head, who runs the business, said:“Orchard Print Services is delighted by the response to the stamp appeal and would like to thank everyone who has donated for making it such a big success.
“The collection box will be in the store all year round so please bring in stamps and help us continue to collect for these worthy causes.”
Nicky Sargent, community fundraising officer at Leukaemia CARE, added: “This latest milestone is fantastic and we are so grateful for the support of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Stamp Champions in 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.”