A CHARITY on the Isle of Wight hopes people will give its latest fundraising idea the stamp of approval.
The Footprint Trust has appealed to Islanders to delve into their lofts and cupboards and dig out and donate their old stamp collections.
Ray Harrington-Vail, of the trust, said: "Many stamp collections are not worth a great deal as they are full of common stamps, when sold they only raise a few pounds, if that.
"For a charity all those small amounts can add up to a decent amount of money. The longer stamps hang around the more chance of them being damaged by damp etc.
"Many people, such as myself, were hoping our children might take up our hobby, but they have shown no interest, preferring to go on computers than collect stamps! I gave away my childhood collection of foreign stamps to a charity many years ago.
"I inherited my father’s collection of stamps some time back, they have sat in a box. Now is the time for them to go. These are now to be donated to The Footprint Trust, and I hope others will follow my lead."
Islanders can also help support the initiative by collecting used postage stamps, cut from envelopes and packaging. A 1cm of paper must be left around the edge of the stamp.
The money raised will help fund its popular Adopt-A-Garden scheme.
Stamp collections, in albums or loose, can be left at the Riverside Centre, Newport Quay. The Trust can also make collections when travelling around the Island.
To arrange a collection, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (01983) 822282.