Jubilee appeal breaks through £200 mark

The Jubilee celebrations are drawing to a close - but our jam jar appeal is still up and running and has just smashed through the £200 mark.

That means there are about enough coppers in the kitty to install a tree and plaque to commemorate the 60th year Her Majesty’s reign in a prominent location in Belper.

But we are hoping to get enough money to plant two trees so our appeal will remain open until around August for anyone wishing to donate.

That will mean all the cash is in place for the autumn, which is the best time of year to plant a tree when the soil is warm after the summer and damp from autumnal rain, giving a young tree a good chance to root.

Amber Valley Borough Council bosses say locations it might go include the River Gardens or the Memorial Gardens, but the latter would have to be in agreement with Belper Town Council.

The News has been asking for your donations since teaming up with the council to get a tree and plaque installed in the town to mark the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth.

Since then, the News Corner shop on King Street has kindly been collecting jam jars overflowing with coppers from generous readers as thousands of people celebrated the jubilee during events throughout the town and gave generously.

Celebrations to mark the jubilee across the town included a short play festival, Belper Open Houses, Derbyshire Open Arts and organised events in places such as the River Gardens and Memorial Gardens.

Store owner Peter Athwal, said he has been impressed with the amount of people who had so far given their support to the campaign.

The 49-year-old said people had been popping in with their donations and had been very generous.

We want you to donate the pennies you would normally keep in containers such as jam jars and the likes.

Belper News Editor Julie Crouch said: “We have been amazed at the response – but not surprised because we know how generous Belper News readers are.

“We need to dig deep though – check the back of the sofa, empty out those pots and donate your pennies. You can drop them off at the News Corner and we’ll collection them and do the rest.

“My thanks gos to Peter and Sarah from the News corner for their help in this.”

It is estimated that of the 22 million households in this country, there is on average £20 of loose change lying around every single house.

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’ll do the rest and will print updates in the paper, online at www.belpernews.co.uk, on Twitter at @belperlatest and on our Facebook page at Belper News so people can see how we are doing.

You can also log-on to our website to see a video of Sarah appealing for donations in the News Corner shop.