Earlier this year, a lot of kind people helped me out when I made a plea for used postage stamps featuring birds for Project Dissimulation (in aid of bowel cancer awareness, following my dad’s diagnosis). Well, it suddenly occurred to me that it was time to pay this thought forward.
I have accumulated far more stamps than I will ever be able to use over the last few years. I’ve shared some recently with Britta/JaguarSnail (see below) and I am going to send a big batch off to the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) next week. I’ve chosen this charity because it is based in Benfleet, where most of my dad’s family lives. While I was growing up, we always saved our stamps (I had lots of penpals when I was at school, so this was an area I felt I could help!) and gave them to my great aunt Rene when we visited in the holidays – she passed away several years ago, but I know she would appreciate my carrying on the tradition.
Britta (/JaguarSnail) does amazing things as a volunteer for the Air Ambulance Service – her job is to creatively re-craft plain items that have been donated for sale, so that they can be sold at a higher value and raise a greater amount of money. She does lots of postage stamp collages which appeal to me for obvious reasons…!
There are so many great causes out there that need our support, though, so here is a non-comprehensive list of UK charities that are currently appealing for used stamps – please help them out, if you can! (If you know of any other charities collecting donations of used stamps, whether UK or overseas, please feel free to add the link in a comment.)
- Air Ambulance
- The Brittle Bone Society
- Cry (Care and Relief for the Young)
- Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
- Leukaemia Care
- PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals)
- RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People)
- RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)
- Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death)
- Save Used Stamps for Animal Charities (blog with multiple addresses & charity info)