Banbury stamp appeal reaches 100,000 milestone

Lis Griffin from Oxfam and Bishop Joseph Gedge, leader of the local congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with some of the large volume of stamps that have been collected. NNL-150721-094913001
Lis Griffin from Oxfam and Bishop Joseph Gedge, leader of the local congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with some of the large volume of stamps that have been collected. NNL-150721-094913001

More than 100,000 stamps have been collected for Oxfam and Leukaemia Care by Banbury volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as Mormons.

Volunteers have been devoting their time to collecting, cutting, counting and bagging the stamps donated by residents in Banburyshire. The stamps are then passed on to charities which can resell them for a profit or recycle them for their valuable silk content.

Lis Griffin, of Oxfam Bookshop in Market Place, Banbury, said: “I am delighted with the latest donation from the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Almost all of the stamps will be sold in the Banbury shop, where a growing number of collectors visit us week by week.”

Bishop Joseph Gedge, the leader of the Church in Banbury, added “Sometimes we feel that large amounts of time or resources are necessary to impact the lives of others for good. Through the small, seemingly inconsequential act of providing stamps to Oxfam and Leukaemia Care, we are able to help a “neighbour in need,” and increase our own happiness and unity. It is a privilege for us to be able to help others in this way.”

If you would like to make a donation to the appeal, you can leave your stamps at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints chapel on Chatsworth Drive, Banbury, OX16 9UA.