Nifty High Peak specialists with an eye for stamp or coin collections are being invited to spare some time to help support people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Blythe House Hospicecare is on the lookout for passionate local experts who might like to volunteer between four to eight hours per week to sort and price donated stamp and coin collections.

The hospice’s retail sector – including four charity shops across the High Peak, and two online eBay sites – brings in almost half of the funding needed to keep care and services free for local patients, carers and their families. The NHS provides just 21% of the hospice’s resources.

Laurence Carr (photographed above) has been voluntarily managing the hospice’s antiques and collectibles eBay account since 2008, raising more than £100,000 in that time.

He said: ‘We are on the lookout for someone, or several people, who can spare some time to help manage the stamp and coin collections that are donated to Blythe House, to help raise money for patient care.

‘The roles would involve several tasks including identifying high value stamps or coins that could be sold individually or as sets, as well as packaging up items into different groups that could be sold together, such as first day covers or presentation sets. We would also really like someone who’d be able to provide descriptions of the collections, so that other enthusiasts can easily understand what’s included.

‘At present, we have a large number of stamp albums, loose stamps, first day covers and presentation sets –so there’s a lot to get started with!’

For more information about the volunteer role, please contact

To find out more about volunteering in general at Blythe House Hospicecare across its retail sector, fundraising, in the local community or at the hospice, you can drop-in to speak to the team between 11am and 1pm on the second Monday of every month (upcoming dates: 8th July, 12th August.) Alternatively, you can call: 01298 815388 or email: