Royal Mail Stamps Guide: British Humanitarians 15 March 2016

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Royal Mail honours six men and women who have gone down in history for their role in offering humanitarian assistance to those in need, saving thousands of lives, both in the UK and overseas.

This month, Royal Mail honours six men and women who have gone down in history for their role in offering humanitarian assistance to those in need, saving thousands of lives, both in the UK and overseas.

British Humanitarians features three men and three women who between them have saved the lives of hundreds of refugee children, founded homes for people in need, improved global nutrition and strived to improve working and social conditions for men, women and children.

These six humanitarians were all born in the UK and between them, their achievements cover good works in the fields of war work, housing, nutrition, social care, women’s rights and child welfare. Each stamp features one of the humanitarians in a black & white photo portrait, showing the subject facing towards the camera (with the exception of Josephine Butler, who is portrayed in profile).

The men and women featured are:

1. Nicholas Winton MBE (1909-2015) whose death last year drew attention to his work in rescuing 669 Kindertransport children on the eve of the Second World War.

2. Sue Ryder (1924-2000), a name now known across the UK for its associations with the Sue Ryder charity.

3. John Boyd Orr (1880-1971) awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in promoting nutrition.

4. Eglantyne Jebb (1876-1928) founder of the organisation which became known as Save the Children.

5. Joseph Rowntree (1836-1925) a confectioner who promoted social reform.

6. Josephine Butler (1828-1906) a social reformer and women’s rights campaigner. 

Stamp details

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Issue date: 15 March, 2015

Design: Hat-Trick Design

Size: 35mm x 35mm

Printer: International Security Printers

Print Process: Lithography

Perforations: 14.5 x 14.5

Phosphor: Bars as appropriate

Gum: PVA