A USED stamp appeal launched by recovering leukaemia patient Katherine Sinfield is going from strength to strength.
The appeal was launched last year as a means of raising money for leukaemia charities – and the latest donation to the charity Leukaemia CARE topped the scales at nearly 25 kilogrammes.
The 33-year-old, who is the wife of Mail journalist Stephen Sinfield, is recovering from a bone marrow transplant that she had to undergo after she was diagnosed with leukaemia.
She said: “When I launched the appeal, a lot of people asked how I expected to raise any money from tiny scraps of paper.
“As this latest donation shows, when added together these tiny scraps of paper transform into a back-breaking sack worth tens of pounds for charity.
“This latest donation, jointly collected by readers of the Burton Mail and Ashbourne News Telegraph, was by far the largest we have delivered so far and so I’m confident that when sorted, this delivery will top the bank as well as the scales.”
Readers are reminded that 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.
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.”
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.
Readers or businesses wanting to help should drop their used stamps off at the Burton Mail’s High Street offices.