An appeal for stamps by Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn led to a former pupil and Cambrian News fan contacting the school.

Pupils were inundated with stamps following their appeal in the paper, when they asked readers to save their used stamps for their ‘Good Citizens help cancer charity’ campaign.

“We collected over 4kg of stamps in two weeks,” said a school spokesperson. “There are around 6,000 stamps to a kilo!”

And it wasn’t just local readers who responded.

A woman from Warminster posted a large envelope to the school with a letter wishing pupils well with the challenge.

Barbara Parry (née Acty) has been reading the Cambrian News for around 50 years.

In a letter to the school, she said: “My parents came to Tywyn in 1939 from Liverpool when my dad got a position to work for Naafi in Tonfanau.

“They liked the area and stayed.

“As long as I can remember, the Cambrian News was always in my parents’ house every week. When I got interested in local news, it became part of my life as well.”

The pupils are grateful to her for sending stamps, and Mat Cottle-Shaw, head of fundraising and communications at Bone Cancer Research Trust, was also impressed.

“The Bone Cancer Research Trust are incredibly grateful to everyone at Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn for their fantastic support of our stamp appeal,” he said.

“Every single kilogram of stamps helps us fund another hour of lifesaving research into primary bone cancer.

“It really is an incredible and free way to support our vital work.”

A school spokesperson said: “The students would like to say a very big thank you to all the Cambrian News readers, especially Mrs Parry in Warminster, and all the Co-op customers in Tywyn for supporting their stamp collection challenge and the Bone Cancer Research Trust.”

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