IF the postman delivered you a bundle of letters or cards this morning, remember to keep those franked stamps.
This is the plea from 33-year-old leukaemia sufferer Katherine Sinfield as she kick-starts a campaign to support charities related to her illness.
The Balfour Street resident is currently searching for a bone marrow donor and is the centrepiece of the Mail’s Take Five Minutes campaign.
She said: “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 sign up to 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.”
Katherine is hoping to collect enough stamps to help two leukaemia charities – Leukaemia Care, which offers support to patients, carers and their families, and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, which focuses on finding cures, causes and improving diagnosis and treatment.
Katherine added: “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.
“What we need is other businesses to get on board, as it is typically large businesses and organisations which receive the most mail.”
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 for Katherine to collect and distribute.