We have been totting up the cash donated so far to our Pennies for Our Heroes appeal, launched to honour heroes from World War One .
After endless hours of counting coppers, our current total stands at a super £460.
We would like to say a big thank you to those who have donated, but we still need to raise more so keep donating your lose change.
We have been bowled over by people’s generosity.
We have been asking readers to donate their spare change so we can raise enough to plant trees in honour of the local men who fought in the 1914-1918 war.
Our plan is to use the money to plant established oak trees in Ripley, Heanor and Alfreton as we mark the 100th year since the start of the Great War.
We have teamed up with Amber Valley Borough Council and the Ripley branch of the Royal British Legion, which are backing our campaign.
Chairman of the Ripley branch of the Royal British Legion Dean Fowler said: “It’s massively important to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One.
“It is absolutely marvellous that the local community are getting involved and continue to honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and I urge people to continue to donate to the appeal.”
How you can donate to the Pennies appeal:
You can leave your jam jars/pennies with the reception staff at Amber Valley Borough Council’s central office on Market Place, Ripley.
You can also drop them at Market Place Cafe, Market Place, Ripley. Just ask staff for details.
At our offices at 8 Heanor Road, Ilkeston, DE7 8ER.
And you can also help the Ripley branch of the British Legion with information on our war heroes, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or over the phone on 0115 9446180.