Girl puts her stamp on typhoon appeal

Jessica Etheridge and Hannah Harmon
Jessica Etheridge and Hannah Harmon

Schoolgirl Jessica Etheridge from Northolmes School in Roffey has been collecting Stamps and Foreign coins on behalf of Oxfam for the Philippines Typhoon appeal.

On Monday the 11th November whilst watching CBBC’s Newsround, 7 year old Jessica decided she wanted to help the victims of this terrible disaster. After some research with her family the idea to collect used Stamps and Foreign coins came from the Oxfam website and was appealing because it meant asking for items that people would have just laying around.

Northolmes School were very happy to run with Jessica’s plan and she announced her idea during the School Assembly that week.

Over the next month the response from the students and their families was phenomenal. Head teacher, Ms Ashby said: “The amount collected reflects the caring nature of the families in the school. They have recognised the need for those less advantaged and want to help. We are all very proud of them”

Jessica and her friend Hannah, who has also been collecting on behalf of Jessica at the Roffey Social Club, are pictured here with some of their collection.

They will be delivering their Stamps and Foreign Coins to Oxfam in Horsham in early February.

Report and picture contributed by Jane Etheridge.