Keep sending in your pennies for the appeal

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

OUR Jubilee Jam Jar tree is set go in a prominent location in Belper when it is planted.

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.

Readers have been donating their pennies to or Jubilee Jam Jars Appeal and this week the total was up to an impressive £120.

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.

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 donation the pennies you would normally keep in 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.”

The Belper 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.

Among events planned in Belper are a patriotic day in Memorial Gardens on June 2, and a free concert in River Gardens.