ANIMAL lovers in Wanstead and Woodford are being asked to save their stamps from Christmas cards and parcels to benefit an animal welfare charity.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is asking for used stamps so it can help raise vital funds for the charity's annual Animal Action Week and related events held throughout the year.

Event organiser Trish Moore said: "It's very easy to throw your envelopes into the bin without even thinking, but if you send the stamps in to us, funds raised from recycling them will go to help animals across the globe.

"With all the Christmas cards everyone receives, this is a great time for people to collect them and do some real good for animals."

Anyone interested in joining the stamp collecting scheme should send their stamps to IFAW Animal Action Week "Stamps", Berkeley House, 186 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1EY. For more information call 01634 830888 or log on to