HUNDREDS of stamps have been donated to the Leprosy Mission following the All Island Christmas Stamp Collection.
Charity representative Derek Hartley spent two-and-a-half weeks touring the island, talking to 19 church groups and 11 schools, and gathering up all the used stamps that have been collected. He said: ‘I am astonished by the number of stamps you have collected.’
One World Centre director Rosemary Clarke, who co-ordinated the schools’ collection, said she couldn’t give a precise figure on how many stamps had been collected but said there were so many they had had to be crammed into Derek’s car.
She added: ‘It is a form of recycling and connects us to different parts of the world. Last year more than £800,000 was generated for the Leprosy Mission through the sale of stamps collected in the UK, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
‘So, please continue to collect them ready for next year’s visit.’
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