READERS are being thanked for their donations of used postage stamps for charity by leukaemia sufferer Katherine Sinfield.
The reception class teacher from Balfour Street, Burton, had been urging Mail readers to save used save postage stamps to help boost various cancer charities.
This first batch of stamps has been sent to Leukaemia Care, a charity which helps patients and families affected by leukaemia, but the 33-year-old is still urging people to keep on sending in their stamps.
She said: “We have spent the past few weeks sorting the stamps and I am happy to announce that the first batch has now been posted.
“This is an ongoing campaign so please keep collecting the stamps for me.
“The next batch will be sent to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.”
Katherine is now only days away from returning to hospital to bring a week long course of treatment before she undergoes a bone marrow transplant.
She added: “Used stamps are a valuable resource for charities.
“A single stamp on its own may not appear very much, but if we all saved them and bundled them together, we would be raising vital funds for charity.
“This type of fund-raising costs you nothing to do.
“You don’t have to pledge your own cash or a monthly direct debit.
“All you have to do is hang on to some tiny scraps of paper which you would stick in the recycling bin anyway.
“Staff at the Burton Mail have been collecting used stamps for years to support various charities and I’m thrilled that they are now going to start saving them for these leukaemia charities.”
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.
People collecting used stamps for charity need to follow a few simple guidelines to ensure the charities receive the maximum price per kilogramme.
Typically, 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.
Readers or businesses wanting to help should drop their used stamps off at the Burton Mail’s High Street offices.