Join the Jam Jar Army to mark the Diamond Jubilee

THE RIPLEY and Heanor News is running a special community Diamond Jubilee fundraising campaign in tribute to the Queen.

We have teamed up with Amber Valley Borough Council and aim to plant fitting new trees in each town, along with commemorative plaques to mark the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

We need the help of the community to fund the special trees and plaques and are asking you to donate the spare pennies you have stored in jam jars and pots in your homes.

So far we have raised £xx, which is fantastic. Editor Julie Crouch said: “Lots of us have a jam jar in the house where we store all the spare coppers weighing down our purse or discovered lurking down the back of the sofa. We figured that if everyone donated just a few of those pennies it would take no time at all to raise the money needed to pay for the trees.”

The council is now looking for fitting trees and suitable places in Ripley, Heanor and hopefully Alfreton too for them to be planted.

Sharon Thomas, council landscape manager, said: “We’re thrilled to be a part of the Jam Jar Appeal with the planting of trees in parks in all of our towns.

This week Mal and Marilyn Harper, of Heath Road, Ripley, kindly brought us a whole jar of coins totalling £10 – all of which they found discarded on the streets of in the town!

Retired Mal, 65, said: “Every time we picked up a coin it went straight in the jar. I saw the appeal in the paper and I thought why not – it’s a Ripley thing and these are all Ripley coins!”

The News is looking to raise around £300, but if we exceed that amount, we may well be able to plant another tree or ask readers to nominate other causes and charities to receive cash.

Julie added: “We are sure we will be well supported by our generous readers. The tree will not be planted until the autumn so we have plenty of time to get there.”

You have been bringing in pots of change in your droves to our offices, and by the end of this week we hope to have raised even more.

But we need Ripley and Heanor News readers to keep up the good work. If you wish to donate your jam jars of cash you can drop them off at our office in Ripley at 27 Grosvenor Road.

We will do the rest and will print updates in the paper, online at, on Twitter @rhnews and on Facebook to see how we are doing.