Collections help the fight against leprosy campaign

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Two good samaritans are calling on people to continue donating stamps and postcards at a new location.

George and Jan Hetherington have been collecting the items as part of their Stamp Out Leprosy campaign.

Having already reached one target of 52 stone, the weight of Daniel Lambert, the couple are well on their way to their next target of 110 stone - the weight of the St Martin’s Church tenor bell. Daniel Lambert is buried in the church grounds.

So far, the pair have collected 35 stone of postcards and stamps but are hopeful that with the continued support of people in Stamford and surrounding villages, they can reach their ambitious target.

There is now a collection box at J&L Ball Interiors in North Street, Stamford, which is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturdays. The staff there have regularly donated their goods to the appeal and Mr and Mrs Hetherington said they were grateful for their help.

This is in addition to the collection box at The Well, which is Trinity Methodist Church’s Fairtrade and coffee shop.

The Well is open from 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Friday with access from Barn Hill and North Street.

The couple said they were grateful to the Mercury which has collected the “vast majority of stamps” over the years. Following the closure of the Mercury’s reception, there is no longer a stamp collection point at the offices.

The stamps and postcards are sold to an organisation which sells them on to stamp collectors and wholesalers.

The money raised goes towards the Leprosy Mission, which Mr and Mrs Hetherington said was a “very worthwhile project”.

Anyone who wishes their stamps to be collected can call Mr and Mrs Hetherington on 01780 757439.