Humanitarian and RAF Veteran Sir Nicholas Winton Honoured in Commemorative Stamp Collection

15 March 2016

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Royal Mail has today released a set of stamps honouring six British Humanitarians, including RAF Veteran, Sir Nicholas Winton who served during World War II.

During the 1930’s, Sir Nicholas Winton arranged the rescue and rehoming in Britain of 669 Jewish children destined for Nazi concentration camps. Barbara Winton, Sir Nicholas’ daughter, said: “He never felt that his actions were anything more than anyone else would have done had they witnessed the suffering he saw in the refugee camps in Czechoslovakia in 1939. I am sure he would have felt that he did not belong in such distinguished company. Nevertheless we think that marking his and the other volunteers’ achievements is wonderful.”

Among the six notable British individuals honoured in the special collection of stamps are philanthropist Joseph Rowntree, who championed social reform and workers’ welfare and Sue Ryder, who founded homes in the UK and Europe for those in need. The legacy of both humanitarians live on through charities in their name.

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