PUPILS at Braunton School have donated a deluge of stamps to aid the efforts of local vets to help hedgehogs stay healthy. Torbridge Vets in Bideford had just begun to collect used stamps on behalf of an appeal by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society

PUPILS at Braunton School have donated a deluge of stamps to aid the efforts of local vets to help hedgehogs stay healthy.Torbridge Vets in Bideford had just begun to collect used stamps on behalf of an appeal by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society - so imagine their delight when 25,000 arrived courtesy of the school!Saving stamps for charity has been a popular appeal at the school for several years and after stories in the Gazette at the end of last year their most recent campaign snowballed.Assistant Headteacher David Butt, who is a Torbridge customer, saw the vets were collecting and asked his students if they would like their latest stamp collection to support the appeal."They were really keen as we have recently discussed the plight of hedgehogs and how threatened they are," he said."They're wonderful creatures to have in your garden and are so good at getting rid of the slugs and snails but they suffer badly from modern equipment such as pesticides and slug pellets."Stephanie Radbourne at the vets said the three bin bags of stamps delivered by the school had been the largest donation they'd ever received."We were pretty surprised by the amount we received!" she said."We only began the appeal recently as part of Hedgehog Awareness Week but already people seem really keen to help."Torbridge Vets at its bases in Caddsdown Industrial Estate, Bideford, and in Torrington, is continuing to collect used stamps and donations are always welcome.Braunton School is also launching a new stamp appeal, which will run until Christmas and is on behalf of the Children's Hospice South West. Stamps can be left at the school reception in Wrafton Road or posted to: Stamp Appeal, C/O David Butt, Braunton Community College, Braunton, EX33 2BP.