THE BELPER News is running a special community Diamond Jubilee fundraising campaign in tribute to the Queen.
We have teamed up with Amber Valley Borough Council and aim to plant a fitting new tree, along with a commemorative plaque, in the town to mark the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
We need the help of the community to fund the special tree and plaque and are asking you to donate the spare pennies you have stored in jam jars and pots in your homes.
Editor Julie Crouch said: “Lots of us have a jam jar in the house where we store all the spare coppers weighing down our purse or discovered lurking down the back of the sofa.
“We figured that if everyone donated just a few of those pennies it would take no time at all to raise the money needed to pay for the tree.”
The council is now looking for a fitting tree and special place for it to be planted.
Sharon Thomas, council landscape manager, said: “We’re thrilled to be a part of the Jam Jar Appeal.
“We need to look at the types of tree and where they can be located, but if the readers can dig deep – so to speak!
“We will match their commitment by finding a species which can be a lasting legacy to the Queen and mark such an important occasion.”
The News is looking to raise around £200, but if we exceed that amount, then we may well be able to plant another tree or ask readers to nominate other causes and charities to receive cash.
Julie added: “We are sure we will be well supported by our generous readers.
“The tree will not be planted until the autumn so we have plenty of time to get there.”
If you wish to donate your jam jars of cash you can drop them off at the News Corner, at the top of King Street, opposite the Market Place in Belper, or at our office in Ripley at 27 Grosvenor Road.
We will do the rest and will print updates in the paper, online at www.belpernews.co.uk, on Twitter at belperlatest and on facebook on how we are doing.