Banbury church’s stamp project reaches 125,000

Barry Whitehouse and Ann Mason with some of the donated stamps at the Artery in Banbury. NNL-160325-131713001
Barry Whitehouse and Ann Mason with some of the donated stamps at the Artery in Banbury. NNL-160325-131713001

The used stamp appeal organised by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Banbury has passed yet another milestone.

Since the project bega about two years ago by the church in Chatsworth Drive, a total of 125,000 used stamps have been donated by the people in the Banbury area.

After the stamps have been processed by members of the Church, they are then donated to Oxfam and Leukaemia CARE who sell them to raise vital funds for their organisations enabling them to do charitable work here in the UK and overseas.

Bishop Joseph Gedge, the local leader of the Church said: “Participating in service activities like the stamp appeal is a great way to be involved in our local community. We feel fortunate to have developed a close relationship with these organizations and the great causes they support.”

Anyone who has stamps to donate can take them to The Artery located at 21 Parsons Street Banbury.

Barry Whitehead. Owner of The Artery said, “We are thrilled that so many people are remembering to bring their stamps in to us. We get people from all over the area, who bring in small handfuls to sandwich bags full of stamps of all kinds.

“It’s a great way to support these charities just by remembering to save the stamps from any letters you receive, and we look forward to having more dropped off each time people are in town. ”

The donations to Leukaemia CARE have made a real difference to the lives of many people and Kevin Hateley, fundraising manager at Leukaemia CARE, added: “A kilo of stamps would help to fund our online GP learning tool to ensure that patients face shorter delays in diagnosis.

“The earlier that a patient is diagnosed, the better the treatment outcome.”