A veritable mountain of 216,000 stamps has been collected by pupils, parents and staff at Braunton School to help raise money for Children s Hospice South West. They have been delighted, if a little overwhelmed, by the huge response to their annual appeal

A veritable mountain of 216,000 stamps has been collected by pupils, parents and staff at Braunton School to help raise money for Children's Hospice South West.They have been delighted, if a little overwhelmed, by the huge response to their annual appeal for used stamps.More appear every day, but so far 32 .5 kilos have been collected. They are then sorted and the hospice can sell them on to buyers and dealers, who in turn sell to stamp collectors."This is by far and away the best yet," said assistant head teacher David Butt."Following the Gazette appeal for us at Christmas we've had a fantastic response and been absolutely overwhelmed with stamps," he said."It's such a simple and easy thing for anyone to do and we have got some great educational work out of it along the way."Ian Roome at the hospice added: "It is amazing and a really brilliant effort from the people of North Devon and all at Braunton School. I'd just like to thank them on behalf of everyone at Little Bridge House."The stamp appeal continues: They can be dropped at the school reception or posted to: The Green Gang, C/O David Butt, Braunton School and Community College, Barton Lane, Braunton, EX33 2BP.