More than 150,000 used stamps have been donated by people in the Banbury area since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Used Stamp Appeal began, almost three years ago.
Members of the Church, and their friends, process the stamps before they are handed over 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.
Lis Griffin, who is based at the Oxfam shop in Banbury, said: “We are always pleased to receive stamps from the church and we receive a wide range of stamps from them, all perfectly trimmed, which helps us to sort them quicker, putting them up for sale mostly in the Banbury shop.
“But, that is not the end of the story. Volunteers at the Banbury shop do further sorting of the stamps to increase our income. Common first and second class stamps and general world stamps are usually sold by weight. But with more time and expertise, stamps are also sorted into themes such as animal kingdom, transport or specific countries which can be more attractive to collectors, enabling more money to be raised.”
Des Waddington, project co-ordinator for the church who is pictured with Lis, said: “Every single used stamp is worth something and the people at Oxfam are particularly good at extracting as much value as possible from the stamps that they are given. The charities that we support with this project are always so grateful for the donations that they receive.” Anyone who has stamps to donate can take them to The Artery, at 21 Parsons Street, Banbury.