Keep sending in jam jar pennies

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

WITH final preparations falling into place for Jubilee celebrations across Belper we’re hoping that the weekend could provide a boost for our Jam Jar Appeal.

The town has a jam-packed schedule for the celebration, which should increase footfall throughout the Belper area.

So whether you are attending the Belper Short Plays Festival, Belper Open Houses, Derbyshire Open Arts, North Mill or any of the other multitude of events going on round the town save that pocketful of coppers for our patriotic tree.

Readers have already boosted the fund up to an impressive £130 towards out total –if we are going to get a second tree we need you to continue to make your donations.

Amber Valley Borough Council bosses say locations it might be include the River Gardens or the Memorial Gardens, but that 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 II.

We are asking you to kindly donate the pennies you would normally keep in jam jars and the likes to the appeal so we can push the boat out with a permanent reminder of the Jubilee.

Belper News Editor Julie Crouch said: “We have been bowled over at the response – but not really that surprised because we know how generous and patriotic Belper News readers are.

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

“My special thanks go to Peter and Sarah from the News Corner for their help in this.”

The News was originally looking to raise around £200, however if we exceed that amount we may be able to plant another tree or ask readers to nominate other good causes and charities to receive the donations.

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.