Hospiscare appeals for used postage stamps

PUBLISHED: 14:57 20 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:51 10 June 2010

HOSPISCARE is appealing for businesses and individuals to save their postal stamps this Christmas and throughout the year, as selling UK stamps raises about £13,000 every year for the charity.

HOSPISCARE is appealing for businesses and individuals to save their postal stamps this Christmas and throughout the year, as selling UK stamps raises about £13,000 every year for the charity.

However, as large businesses in the city are starting to lay-off staff and do less business, Hospiscare estimate that the influx of stamps, postcards and foreign currency has dropped by 85 per cent.

Tony Coop, who has run the appeal for over 10 years and raised more than £130,000 said: "One business I went to told me they had laid-off 60 per cent of their staff. Any help we can get would be much appreciated, I have 12 volunteers waiting to trim and access your stamps."

"Passing on their good cheer to Hospiscare could not be easier, simply tear out the postage stamp leaving plenty of space around it, or even send us the whole envelope. You can send to Hospiscare's freepost address, drop into any Hospiscare shop or if you collect a large amount, I am happy to pick up."

Businesses can also support Hospiscare by collecting ink cartridges and mobile phones that can be recycled and make money for the local hospice.

Send stamps to Hospiscare at: Hospiscare, Dryden Road, FREEPOST (SWB 31068) Exeter, EX2 5ZZ or drop them into any Hospiscare shop. Call the fundraising team on 01392 688020 to arrange a stamp collection, or to set up cartridge or phone collection. There are also details on www.hospiscare.co.uk.

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