Pennies appeal reaches £300

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Our Pennies for Heroes campaign has broken through the £300 barrier as we prepare to enter the final month of the appeal.

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.

Since January we have been 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.

Now, our appeal has reached £305, however we still have until September to collect the final jars to ensure our tribute is an impressive one.

Our target is £500 which should allow us enough funds for an established tree and plaque. Jars can be dropped off at the Legion on Strutt Street.

Meanwhile, more than 30 bikes, trikes and scooters have visited Belper as part of a 100-mile ride by the Royal British Legion Riders. They laid a poppy cross at the Memorial Gardens and collected funds for the Poppy Appeal. Some of the riders were from the Future Bikers Club that meets in Belper at the Railway Inn on King Street.

Pictured (L-R) Valerie Halls, Eric Reedman, Nigel Winn and Kevin Parkin from Belper RBL await the bikers.