‘It is hard to believe a bunch of used stamps can help’

CHARITY PLEA The Rev Helen Higgin-Botham
CHARITY PLEA The Rev Helen Higgin-Botham
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I AM the new minister of Bury Road and St Columbus United Reformed Churches, and was inducted in April.

I have become very aware of the generosity and support being given to the needy by the people of Gosport.

We are privileged to be home to the Basic Banks food distribution charity.

And on June 15 we were further privileged to host the first ever stamp, coins and collectables fair in Gosport in aid of The Leprosy Mission.

This raised £1,035, and we would like to express our gratitude and thanks to all those who supported it and donated items for sale.

The aim of the TLM is to minister in the name of Jesus Christ to the physical, mental, social and spiritual needs of individuals and communities disadvantaged by leprosy.

It works with them to uphold human dignity and eradicate leprosy.

Projects by TLM in 2012 included the school sponsorship programmes, which enabled 1,477 children to start school.

And 673 leprosy affected and disadvantaged students in India started job training at one of the mission’s six vocational training centres.

In addition, 40,000 patients using Danja Hospital, in Niger, got access to a clean water supply after the construction of a water tower.

It is hard to believe that a bunch of used stamps can help transform the life of someone, but over the past 30 years, TLM Stamps and Collectables has raised more than £1m to benefit people affected by leprosy.

Donations of nonperishable food for the Food Bank can be left at the David Bogue Hall, and donations for TLM can be sent to TLM, 26 Drift Road, Clanfield, Waterlooville, PO8 OJL.