Used Stamp & Currency Appeal est 2015
     Fundraising For The Charity of MNDA Reg 294354

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     Raised To Date  

          £2883.89  

 Updated 02/10/2018


Looking For Unwanted :

Stamp Albums, Commemorative Stamps, Worldwide Stamps, Savings Stamps , Postcards , Envelopes , Wrappers , Letter Cards , First Day Covers , Etc 

ALSOWorldwide Coins, Banknotes, Sovereigns, Commemorative Coins, Commemorative Banknotes, Popular Themes, Presentation Packs, Gold Coins, Silver Coins, Platinum Coins ~ Etc 


Please help my cause by asking others to recycle stamps & Worldwide currencies it is a huge boost for the charity. Encourage work colleagues, faith communities, schools, friends, family and neighbours to save used stamps, It will greatly increase funds raised. 

Recycling used postage stamps & currenties is a great way to raise funds for the charity. The price for stamps collected has increased recently to almost quadruple the value of ten years ago. Charities across Britain are benefiting from this, and you can help. When i have a bulk amount they are sent away for processing, in return i am sent a cheque which is then cashed and goes to the MNDA.


 In July 2018 i joined a limited company that the stamps & currencies are sent to, then they sort them into categories and sets selling them onto collectors worldwide.

They pay approx £20/kilo for stamps & currencies that is considerably higher than what many of their partners were receiving previously, on occasions even quadruple the amount, Their experienced team can quickly process your donations, and their extensive network of contacts allows them to match the right stamps with the right collectors.


Please Note processing can take up to eight weeks.


Recycling is a very easy way to help charities and taking no physical effort, Simply collect stamps cutting 5cm to 10cm around the stamp helps, Once collected an envelope or jiffy bag maybe shoe box or so full, follow  This  link on ways to dispatch your collections.

 

                  Cutting 5 - 10cm around stamps brings more value, 

                            This is not compulsory but helps a great deal.

                                                                   


                                                          My Mother's Story!


I'm not frightened anymore !  16th February 2010

Leslie and Hazel Flavell were enjoying their retirement, until a diagnosis of motor neurone disease in 2006 left Hazel trapped inside her own body.


Being told you only have a few years to live is everyone's worst nightmare.

For Hazel, that nightmare became a reality four years ago and now motor neurone disease  (MND) has left the once 74 year old without the use of her legs, her right arm, her speech and she can no longer swallow properly,  so eating is via a peg in her stomach.

But worst of all Hazel is fully aware of this condition that little by little is taking away her life.

"When they told me i had three to five years to live i was shattered," says Hazel who communicates by pushing a stick in her left hand onto letters on a computer.

MND affects two people in 100,000 each year. It is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones in the brain.

It is a terminal illness that leads to muscle weakness and wasting, causing loss of mobility in the limbs and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing.  

Hazel says: "It's a very cruel disease and no two people are the same. No-one can tell you how and why you've got it either -- it's awful."

Through it all, however, it is Hazel's positive attitude and the devotion of husband Leslie, Hazel's sole carer, that is truly inspiring.

A nurse most of her life at Cranage Hall Hospital, near Holmes Chapel in Cheshire, Hazel was used to an active life style before MND stuck.

In retirement, the couple had travelled the country to offer a pet sitting service.

"The effect it can have is dramatic and devastating ," says Leslie aged 79, who married Hazelin 1959, after getting together following a night out at the Ritz dance hall in Manchester.  The couple have two children, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

"We were in Stratford  when Hazel came downstairs saying she wasn't feeling too good." Leslie recalls.

"We went out for a drive for some fresh air, but when she got out of the car and started walking we noticed her toes were bleeding, Her feet had just dropped and that was the start of it."

That was in June 2006 and by Christmas that year she was in a wheelchair.

Even so, it still took 14 months and several private consultations before a diagnosis of MND was given.

Hazel says: " The symptoms were similar to Parkinson's disease to begin with and for a long time that is what they kept saying it was."

"We ended up going private, because we didn't feel we were getting anywhere, and that's when they told us it was motor neurone disease."

Leslie says: "When we were told they said it was terminal and there was nothing they could do."

"They don't know much about the illness, but they don't think it's hereditary , which is good for us, because we have children and grandchildren to think about."

Contracting such a debilitating disease that has stripped Hazel of her independence was devastating for the couple and their family, but the physical and emotional stains of the illness were not the only things they had to come to terms with.

Leslie explains: "No-one told us of any help available or what we were entitled to, as it can be exhausting."

"We had to move from our house in Middlewich to a rented bungalow in Alsager  that was more suitable for us and when we did pay for someone to come and help wash Hazel and clean the house, I wasn't happy with it. "I don't think anyone can care for her like i do."

Eventually, help did come in the form of Alsager and District Palliative Day Centre, which the couple attended at Church Lawton Memorial Hall each Tuesday.

Hazel says: "Leslie is marvellous and i don't think i would be here without him, but the day centre is a godsend for the both of us.

A  lady came to see us and asked what help we had received and we told her that really we had just been left to get on with our lives.

"She said we wouldn't be left anymore and from then on we have had all the help we needed."

Looking to the future, no-one knows for definite how long Hazel has left, as the disease threaten's to stop her lungs from working.

"I'm not frightened of the disease anymore, but i am scared of choking," she says, "but the thing is, you have to get busy living with it, rather than dying from it."

Hazel and Leslie keep a positive attitude about their situation. 

    

                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Sentinel Newspaper 2010


                                                                                                                                                                              p.s. Dad passed away 2014 leaving me as mum's main carer.


            My Mothers WW2 Story HERE                                                   My Fathers WW2 Story HERE