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Pensioners donate pennies for heroes

Pennies For Our Heros collection at Ashmere Care Home, Codnor. Pictured back l-r is Charlotte Heenan, Geoff Bestwick, Chris Holmes, Gladys Johnson. Back l-r Helena Smith, Betty Bestwick and Pauline Shaw.

Pennies For Our Heros collection at Ashmere Care Home, Codnor. Pictured back l-r is Charlotte Heenan, Geoff Bestwick, Chris Holmes, Gladys Johnson. Back l-r Helena Smith, Betty Bestwick and Pauline Shaw.

Pensioners at a Codnor care home have dug deep and put all their loose change in pots to back our ‘Pennies for our Heroes’ campaign.

Residents at the Ashmere 
Care Home-run Codnor ParkGlasshouse Hill, donated three jars worth of pennies to support the appeal, which was launched in January.

Resident Pauline Shaw was keen to get involved.

The 88-year-old said: “I was only young when the Second World War was on, but I had family that fought in World War One and both my brothers were in the armed forces, so this is a cause that is extremely close to my heart and I will continue to donate my pennies.”

Fellow resident Lena Smith, 89, said: “I’ve put my pennies into the jar to donate.

“I think this campaign is good for the community and encourages people to support the men and women in uniform that fight for our country.”

Geoff Bestwick was also supporting the cause.

The 92-year-old said: “This is a great campaign that I have supportedby donating. It doesn’t matter how old you are, we can all contribute.”

Activities’ co-ordinator at, 
Alison Martin, said all the 
residents were really eager to get involved as many of them had family members who fought in the war.

“It is important for them to remember and to commemorate,” she said.

We have been asking readers to donate their spare change so we can raise enough to plant a tree in honour of the local men who fought in the war as this year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict.

Our plan is to plant established oak trees in Ripley, Heanor and Alfreton.

Chairman of the Ripley branch of the Royal British Legion Dean Fowler said: “It’s massively important to commemorate the 100th anniversairy 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.”

 

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