Back our Pennies for Our Heroes World War One appeal to plant trees to honour our brave soldiers

Pennies for Our heroes
Pennies for Our heroes

The huge task of counting your Pennies for Our Heroes donations has begun – but westill need you to dig deep and give your small change to our appeal to honour our World War One heroes.

We now have a large square tub a third full of your coins to be counted and bagged and donated to the appeal tally.

Our plan is to use the money to plant established oak trees in Ripley, Heanor and Alfreton with plaques, as this year marks the 100th year since the start of the 1914 to 1918 war.

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

We are hoping to plant the trees and, if we get enough money, install a plaque. We want it to act as a living tribute to the brave men and women who died in the conflict, many in horrible circumstances in the tenches on the Western Front in Europe.

News editor Julie Crouch said: “I can’t thank people enough for their donation so far, but we can’t stop yet.

“We feel it is so important to honour the area’s war heroes, many were young men who gave their lives so we could live. For youngsters today the Great War is something in history books that happened so long ago now and we want to make sure there is always a reminder to the brave souls from our towns for generations to come.”

“So have a hunt down the back of the sofa, clear out your purse of coppers and donate them to the appeal. See right for where to drop them off –and thank you!”

And in coming weeks we intend to bring you the stories of some of those brave young soldiers who fought in the war. If you have any family members who fought and can tell us a little about them, please get in touch as we’d love to hear from you.

You can call the editor on 0115 9 446 186 or email