Join us in marking the Queen’s Jubilee

Programme Name: The Diamond Queen - TX: 06/02/2012 - Episode: The Diamond Queen (No. 1) - Embargoed for publication until: n/a - Picture Shows: Wales The Queen - (C) BBC - Photographer: Sally Norris
Programme Name: The Diamond Queen - TX: 06/02/2012 - Episode: The Diamond Queen (No. 1) - Embargoed for publication until: n/a - Picture Shows: Wales The Queen - (C) BBC - Photographer: Sally Norris

THE pennies are coming in for our Diamond Jubilee fundraising campaign thanks to your generosity.

We have teamed up with Amber Valley Borough Council and aim to plant a 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 suitable 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.

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 the donations.

Julie added: “We are sure we will be well supported by our generous readers. We are grateful for what you have donated so far - please keep handing in those pennies.

“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.