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Stamp collecting auction for the EACH Treehouse Appeal
Treehouse Appeal stamps
BBC Suffolk's Rob Dunger and Mark Murphy with Women's Institute members

Blue Peter has inspired a BBC Suffolk presenter to collect stamps for the £3m EACH Treehouse Appeal.

Weekend breakfast show presenter Rob Dunger used to send stamps in to the children's television programme.

He has resurrected the idea to raise money for the new East Anglia's Children's Hospices project in Ipswich.

"Many people had stowed away collections for years, only to be inspired to surrender them to boost funds," said Rob.

"After a summer of butterfly cake fundraising garden parties, I was trying to think what to do next.

"Going back to the days of Blue Peter with Valerie Singleton, I remembered sending in used postage stamps for their different appeals, and thought that it was still a good idea."

As well as individuals' used stamps, groups such as the Women's Institute Suffolk West Federation have been co-ordinating their own collections.

Stamp album
People have been donating their stamp albums for the Treehouse Appeal

Special auction

Everyday used stamps are sold by the kilo, repackaged and sold abroad to foreign collectors.

For the rarer items a special auction will take place on Sunday, 27 March, 2011.

Ipswich auctioneers Lockdales are holding one of their regular coins and collectables sales events.

The EACH stamp auction will be a separate section on the day at the Ipswich Orwell Holiday Inn.

James Sadler, Lockdales auction manager, said: "I'm impressed that so many people want to give up their old stamp albums for a worthy cause like EACH.

"There's an impressive range of stamps from Britain and from the former British Empire.

"Collecting isn't as popular as it was among younger people, but there is still a huge market out there - helped by the growth of the internet."

You can either bring your stamps in to BBC Suffolk, St Matthews Street, Ipswich, IP1 3EP 9-5pm weekdays or write to Rob directly : rob.dunger@bbc.co.uk .

Donate now

To give money to the Treehouse Appeal, please send a cheque made payable to "EACH Treehouse Appeal" to:

EACH Treehouse Appeal, Epsilon House, West Road, Ipswich, IP3 9FJ

The appeal donation line number is 01473 276116.

Donate online at EACH Treehouse Appeal .

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