An annual auction earned more than £30,000 for St Andrew's Hospice

January 4th, 2015 got to know that an annual stamp auction held by the Grimsby and District Philatelic Society more than £30,000 for the hospice in Grimsby. The stamp collection was donated by a group of philatelists that organizes this auction each year.

The auction was first held 14 years ago and raised just over £300, but from those humble beginnings it has grown into a major fundraising event. Last year £3,800 was raised, but this year organizers say the auction raised £4,300 with some lots still to sell.

Auctioneer and fundraiser John Mileman, a former postmaster in Covenham, led proceedings as collectors vied for the best stamps and collections.

There were also directories by Stanley Gibbons up for grabs.

John told how his wife Nancy, 75, died last year and was cared for at the hospice.

He said: "They were brilliant. I have met a group of friends through the bereavement group. We meet regularly and will be going out for a Christmas meal. We talk a lot about what we miss about our loved ones.

"I often talk about my wife's cooking and how I cannot make gravy as well as she did, so we have nicknamed ourselves The Gravy Group."
He was delighted with interest from hundreds of collectors stretching from Aberdeen to Plymouth. There were also bids from stamp collectors in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

He added: "We benefit by doing this and the hospice benefits as well."