LEUKAEMIA sufferer Katherine Sinfield is appealing to News Telegraph readers to send in franked stamps as part of our ‘Take Five Minutes’ appeal.
The 33-year-old is joining a plea by charites related to her illness to collect in used stamps, which can raise vital funds.
She said: “If the postman delivered you a bundle of letters or cards this morning, ‘please keep those franked stamps.
“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 – a charity which offers support to patients, carers and their families, and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research – a charity focussed on finding cures, causes and improving diagnosis and treatment.
The amount charities receive per kilogram of stamps varies but typically they can expect a return of between £4 to £5 for UK stamps and significantly more for foreign stamps.
Stamps should only have a 4mm to 8mm border of paper around the edges as excess paper lowers the value and foreign stamps are worth more.
To find out more follow Katherine on Twitter @Leukaemia_and_K