Local stamp collectors have got it ‘licked’ as far as fundraising for St Andrew’s Hospice is concerned.

Local stamp collectors have got it ‘licked’ as far as fundraising for St Andrew’s Hospice is concerned.

The Grimsby and District Philatelic Society has raised over £40,000 through their annual Christmas Charity Auctions, which have been running since 2000.

And members of the society are anticipating another fantastic year of fundraising as they prepare for their 2018 event, which takes place at Central Hall on Duncombe Street in Grimsby, with viewing open from 5.30pm and the event itself starting from 7pm.

The auction is organised by Dave McMann, the society’s charity fundraiser co-ordinator and also a volunteer and the Hospice, with John Mileman holding the position of auctioneer on the evening.

Last year, the society handed over a cheque for £3,300 to the hospice.

Dave said: “We had a good Christmas Charity Auction in 2017 and we were delighted with the total of £3,300 that has been raised for the Hospice.

“As a Society, we have supported the Hospice every year since 2000, when we held a small auction that raised just over £300.”

The annual event comes from humble beginnings that started with an idea formed on the way back from one of the many similar auctions held around the country.

“It was a snowy December and a few of us were travelling back from an auction when we were near Caistor and someone remarked that we should hold an event in the local area that benefits a local charity,” explained Dave.

“We were initially dissuaded from the idea at the time because some people thought that we wouldn’t be able to generate the support needed in North East Lincolnshire but the auction has gradually expanded into the event it is today.”

Indeed, the Grimsby and District Philatelic Society’s Christmas Charity Auction is now one of the country’s foremost charity stamp auction, with around 600 catalogues produced and distributed throughout the United Kingdom for the event, which traditionally takes place on the first Wednesday in December.

Dave continued: “The Hospice is close to all our members’ hearts, as just about everyone is affected by their work and I think that is reflected in the amount we have raised in the past 17 years.

“And that amount doesn’t reflect the many thousands of pounds that have been raised from club stamp sales, stamp fairs and stamp packets that are sold throughout St Andrew’s charity shops across the region.”

And Dave also took time to explain where the significant amounts of stamp and postcard donations come from.

“We get donations in many different ways; there is the post box at the Hospice where we encourage people to donate their old stamps.

“We also get donations of collections from relatives of a collector that may have passed away and we get a lot of collectable First Day covers that people may have bought at a certain time, like a Royal Wedding or an Olympic Games.”

You can download a catalogue for the auction by downloading here.

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