Passionate philatelist raises thousands for Sentebale
David, a former schoolmaster and civil servant who now lives in Blackpool, has raised thousands for Sentebale after selling one of his precious collections of stamps.
The philatelist, 72, started collecting stamps when he was about 10 years old after one of his Sunday school teachers encouraged him to take on a new hobby. Having kept at it on and off ever since, David’s impressive collection is now contained in 20 albums and the bulk of this collection is concentrated on Greece, Scandinavia and Switzerland.
During his 37 years spent working for the British government including in various branches of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), David was in contact with the son of the former Prime Minister of Lesotho.
This, he said, piqued his interest in Southern Africa – which later translated into a growing collection of stamps from the region and a love for Alexander McCall Smith’s novels set in Botswana. After discovering Sentebale’s Co-Founder Prince Harry’s love for Lesotho, David was keen to learn more about major development issues facing Sub-Saharan Africa.
“I read about Prince Harry’s interest in the area in the national press. It was an article about HIV/AIDS and the plight of children affected that aroused my interest in Sentebale.”
Having retired in 2008, David was looking at ways to support Sentebale’s work. From his home on the Lancashire coast, David explained:
“Earlier this year, I decided that some of my collection was going to have to go before I do. I chose [to sell] the Botswana/eSwatini/Lesotho collection because, though it was a good collection, I was never going to be able to afford to complete it. I thus raised a decent sum and decided to give it to Sentebale.”
Throughout the years, David, who has helped raise his two nieces’ children, proudly said he managed to get his hands on a Penny Black, renowned for being the world’s first stamp. The oldest stamp in David’s current collection was issued by the Canton of Zurich and dates back to 1843.
Thank you, David, for your contribution to Sentebale’s work! With your help, we will support even more children, young people and families across Southern Africa.