Final push for Pennies appeal

The horror of the trenches in the Great War1914-18. World War One
The horror of the trenches in the Great War1914-18. World War One

Our Pennies for Heroes appeal to honour Belper’s First World War soldiers who gave their lives on the battlefields has reached £431 after a flurry of donations.

We are now just £69 short of our £500 target which would allow us to plant a tree and put up a plaque to commemorate the town’s fallen soldiers on Remembrance Day in Belper’s Memorial Gardens.

However, there is now just one month left to ensure we succeed – so we need people to dig deep for one final push to ensure there are enough funds to pay for the living memorial.

We are asking Belper News readers to donate their spare change – the pennies you often collect in jam jars or pots around the house – so we can plant a tree in the town in honour of our war heroes.

As 2014 marks the 100th year since the outbreak of the ‘Great War, we wanted to raise enough money to provide a fitting tribute to the sacrifice so many young men made for us.

We know times are hard and that’s why we are asking only for your spare change. And if we all donate a bit of copper we believe we can raise enough money to buy a tree, which will serve as a permanent reminder to our brave service personnel.When we ran a similar campaign to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 it was a massive success. Drop-off your donations at the Royal British Legion on Strutt Street.

A Roll of Honour, in the form of book, inscribed with the names of the men of Belper and Milford who fell in the conflict is being displayed at St John’s Chapel, Belper for the next four years from 9.30am to 12 noon Monday to Friday.