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Mail campaign reaching target

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 09, 2014

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A USED-stamp collection started by recovering leukaemia patient Katherine Sinfield is close to reaching the £1,000 milestone.

The 33-year-old Balfour Street resident started the campaign in the midst of her treatment last September for the charity LeukaemiaCARE.

Now, nine months and more than 30kg of stamps later, the charity has revealed it has received in excess of £900 as a result of the campaign.

Katherine said: “When I started the appeal a lot of people questioned how much money I could raise from tiny scraps of paper. The figures now speak for themselves as Burton Mail readers have embraced the campaign and have donated tens of thousands of stamps.

“I’ve also had substantial donations from businesses and other charities who no longer collect stamps which has greatly bolstered the appeal.

“Some exceptionally kind readers have also donated commemorative first day covers and entire collections – these hold significant value compared to standard franked stamps.

“Reaching the £1,000 target well within 12 months is remarkable but I still want more stamps.

“Let’s see if together we can strive closer to the £2,000 mark before the campaign’s one-year anniversary rolls around. The appeal has far exceeded everyone’s expectations and continues to grow but it is important to keep the momentum going.”

MAIL campaign success.

The majority of stamps donated as part of the Mail’s campaign have been sent to the Worcester-based charity LeukaemiaCARE – a charity which offers advice and support to patients and families affected by blood cancer with smaller quantity donations also sent to the charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Donated stamps should only have a 4mm to 8mm border of paper around the edges, as excess paper lowers the value.

UK stamps should be separated from foreign stamps wherever possible.

The amount charities receive per kilogramme of stamps varies, but typically they can expect a return of between £4 to £5 for UK stamps and significantly more for foreign stamps and first day covers.

Readers or businesses wanting to help should drop their used stamps off at the Burton Mail’s High Street offices.

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