Young girls in Alveston and Severn Beach on a mission to stamp out albatross deaths
YOUNG Rainbows in Alveston and Severn Beach are reaching out to the community to help them stamp out albatross deaths.
The Guides set out earlier this summer to collect used stamps in a show of support for Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' campaign to save albatrosses from fishermen's nets.
Despite their best efforts, they failed to meet their target and are now appealing to people in Severn Beach, Alveston and beyond not to throw away their mail but instead donate their empty envelopes to the unit.
The girls are aiming to raise £50 towards a tori-line, a bird-scaring device used by longline-fishing vessels. The RSPB makes up to £3.50 per kg of UK stamps and £12.50 per kg for foreign stamps. In 2011, the charity collected £15,000 from stamp sales.
Leader Sara Messenger said: "I’m really hoping people can help as the girls have worked very hard to collect enough stamps, asking parents to take posters to work and collecting from friends and family."
To help the Rainbows, just cut off the corner of envelopes around the stamp, ideally with no more than a quarter of an inch border, then bag them up separating UK and foreign stamps.
Mark the package ‘From the Rainbows’ and post it to Nikki Marks, RSPB South West Regional Office, Keble House, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter, EX1 1NT.
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