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30 October 2014

Remembrance stamps raise thousands for Poppy Appeal

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Jersey Post is helping to raise thousands of pounds for the Island’s Poppy Appeal by donating a percentage of all proceeds from philatelic sales of its special Remembrance stamp issue. Sales have raised £4,444 since the launch of the issue in May and Jersey Post is keen to raise even more for this important cause.

Mrs Jan Egre, Poppy Appeal Organiser for the Jersey Branch of the Royal British Legion commented: ‘We are extremely grateful for the wonderful donation of £4,444, resulting from the proceeds of Jersey Post’s Remembrance stamps and would like to thank all those who bought them. The work of the Legion in helping the less fortunate ex-servicemen and women and their families is as important as ever, and as we approach this year’s Poppy Day, these funds will help to give the campaign an excellent start.’

Entitled ‘Remembrance 2014’, Jersey Post’s stamp issue consists of six stamps and a Miniature sheet which feature delicate watercolours of field poppies, painted by artist Katherine Asher. In a first for British stamps, poppy seeds were encapsulated on two of the stamp designs, sealed behind a thin, transparent, bio-degradable plastic cover. This means the stamps, which can still be used for posting letters, could also be planted between early spring and early summer, to grow the striking red flowers which are so strongly associated with remembrance.

The stamps are available to buy attached to specially designed First Day Covers or contained within beautiful Presentation Packs, both of which can be bought from Jersey’s main post office at Broad Street. Alternatively, the stamp products can be ordered online at: www.jerseystamps.com or by phoning the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 616320. Volunteers from the Jersey Poppy Appeal will also be selling traditional poppy badges at Broad Street Post Office until Saturday 8 November. 
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