We launch campaign to honour our World War One heroes

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This week we are launching our ‘Pennies For Our Heroes’ appeal to honour Belper’s World War One heroes – many of whom gave their lives on the battlefields.

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.

So 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.

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 lads.

We have teamed up with Amber Valley Borough Council and the Belper branch of the Royal British Legion on Strutt Street, who are backing our campaign.

We have set up two drop-off points to donate jam jars of loose change to the cause – if you want to give more that would be fantastic.

News editor Julie Crouch said: “This tree will one day grow into mighty reminder for our children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren.

“When we ran a similar campaign to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 it was a massive success - and I believe there is no reason that we can’t do the same again.

“So dig into those pockets, delve behind that sofa and let’s plant a lasting memento in the town we can all be proud of.”