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Charity founders honoured in Royal Mail stamp set

Charity founders honoured in Royal Mail stamp set

Sue Ryder, and Eglantyne Jebb, the founder of the organisation that became Save the Children, feature in the Royal Mail’s latest set of special stamps, released on 15th March.

The British Humanitarians set comprises six stamps honouring some of Britain’s greatest humanitarians and their achievements.

As well as the founders of Sue Ryder and Save the Children, the stamps feature:

  • Joseph Rowntree, the confectioner and Quaker philanthropist who used half of his wealth to set up three trusts: the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust; the Joseph Rowntree Social Service Trust Ltd; and the Joseph Rowntree Village Trust
  • Josephine Butler, the social reformer and feminist who was instrumental in the battle against the Contagious Diseases Acts, which denied working-class women their civil rights
  • Lord Boyd Orr, the Scottish physician and biologist who advocated improved nutrition and global food provision and became the first director-general of the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)
  • Sir Nicholas Winton, who organised the rescue of 669 predominantly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War.

From Tuesday 15 March until Monday 21 March each of the humanitarians will be recognised by an individual postmark stating their name, year of birth and year of death.

The stamps are available in 8,000 Post Office branches and online at, and by phone on 03457 641 641.

Stephen Agar, Royal Mail, said:

“These six British individuals remain inspirational for their actions and achievements across nearly 150 years. It is timely that Royal Mail pays tribute to their humanitarianism with these stamps.”


Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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