Stamp collectors invited to Clanfield fair

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LEPROSY may be seen as a disease of times gone by but it is still around and affecting thousands of lives today.

And members of a church in Clanfield, East Hampshire, are doing their bit to try to help sufferers.

Drift Road Church Evangelical Church is holding its first Stamps and Collectables Fair for The Leprosy Mission on Saturday.

There will be a wide range of stamps, coins, cigarette cards and other small goods on offer, including some O gauge model railway items.

During 2012 local stalls held across the country helped raise in the region of £1,000 on each occasion towards the work of the charity.

Nationally almost £110,000 was raised.

Phil and Eileen Jarman, of Drift Road, Clanfield, took over as country co-ordinators for the Stamp Bureau, as it was then called, in 1983 and since that time the sale of donations received from supporters throughout the UK has raised over £1m.

Gifts of all types of stamps, even the most common, are always welcome and can be sent to The Leprosy Mission c/o 26 Drift Road, Clanfield, Waterlooville, PO8 0JL.

The fair is between 10am and 1pm.