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29 August 2013

New stamps support Holidays for Heroes Jersey

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A set of six stamps featuring a selection of Jersey’s privately owned military vehicles together with the logo for Holidays for Heroes Jersey will be issued by Jersey Post on 30 August 2013. Jersey Post will donate a percentage of its philatelic sales of this issue to the local charity over a period of two years.

The stamps have been painted by local artist Alan Copp who has depicted the military vehicles with Jersey scenery and landmarks forming the backdrops.  According to Jersey Post’s Philatelic Product Manager,

Mrs Melanie Gouzinis: “We very quickly learnt at the start of our research for this issue that only one German vehicle from the Occupation of Jersey remains in the island and that is the Stoewer R200 radio car shown on the 45p stamp. However, the people of Jersey will be used to seeing cavalcades of military vehicles driving around the island from time to time; often they are on their way to lend support at public events such as the International Air Display, where the owners participate in the events and raise money for war-related charities.”

This is the 5th anniversary of the charity Holidays for Heroes Jersey (H4HJ). It was formed in 2008 by Dawn Woodhouse MBE and her husband Richard, to respond to the respite needs of those injured by their military service, allowing them to benefit from the holiday facilities that Jersey has to offer.

Mrs Woodhouse explained: “Holidays for Heroes Jersey is extremely honoured to be included in this new stamp issue from Jersey Post. It has enabled us to celebrate the charity's 5th anniversary in a unique way which will ensure that we are known about world-wide. This will help us to reach many more deserving members of H.M. Armed Forces who would benefit from a holiday in the beautiful island of Jersey and the generous donation from Philatelic sales will help provide the funds we need."

The charity is actively supported by its patron, the Lieutenant Governor of Jersey, His Excellency General Sir John McColl KCB, CBE, DSO who said: “The military vehicles depicted on these commemorative stamps represent a rich history of military initiative and technical development. They lend their weight to assist a unique Jersey charity that has grown quickly from its limited beginnings only a few years ago. The holidays are supported by local amenities offering discounts, with a small army of volunteers coordinating events and providing transport. This magnificent Island-effort has been described as “priceless” by the Commanding Officer of the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court.”

Holidays for Heroes Jersey is also supported by two Ambassadors, English Rugby International and Jerseyman, Mr Matt Banahan as well as Falklands Veteran Mr Simon Weston OBE. Mr Banahan says with reference to the charity’s impressive success: “May they go on from strength to strength and I will do all that I can to support them.”

“I was honoured to meet Mr Weston in 2012”, continued Mrs Gouzinis. “I was able to show him the artworks for the stamps and talk to him about the vehicles and their owners.” According to Mr Weston, who has visited the island on several occasions: “Many of our veterans have financial difficulties caused by the trauma of conflict and the wonderful, generous and heart-warming concept of delivering much needed breaks from the daily struggle will, I am sure, provide the catalyst for hope and change that these families often need. I am humbled by the huge offers of support by Jersey Post and the owners of the military vehicles which have been portrayed, together with the charity’s logo, on the stamps in this issue.”

The stamps will be available to buy at the main Post Office in St Helier, Jersey on 30 August 2013; they are available to view and order now at www.jerseystamps.com and from the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on 01534 516320.

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