WE have been bowled over by your generosity towards our special community Diamond Jubilee fundraising campaign in tribute to the Queen.
The money has been flooding in and we hope we can reach the half way mark of £150 in our appeal soon in our Jubilee Jam Jars Appeal.
We have teamed up with Amber Valley Borough Council and aim to plant a fitting new tree in each town, along with commemorative plaques to mark the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
We have been asking you to donate the spare pennies you have stored in jam jars and pots in your homes and the likes and you have certainly been doing that.
Editor Julie Crouch said: “We simply have been bowled over at people’s generosity and were think we can reach the half way point in our Jubilee Jam Jars Appeal soon.
“We figured that if everyone donated just a few pennies it would take no time at all to raise the money needed to pay for the trees and the plaques.”
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. We need to look at the types of tree and where they can be located, but if the readers can dig deep – so to speak! We will match their commitment by finding species which can be a lasting legacy to the Queen and mark such an important occasion.”
The News is looking to raise around £300, but if we exceed that amount, then we may well be able to plant another tree or ask readers to nominate other causes and charities to receive cash.
Julie added: “We knew we would be well supported as our readers are very generous and patriotic.
“The tree will not be planted until the autumn so we have plenty of time to get there.
“We need you to keep dropping off your pennies at our office.
“Here’s to having a permanent community reminder of the Diamond Jubilee.
“Help us to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne in style.”
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 www.ripleyandheanornews.co.uk, on Twitter @rhnews and on Facebook at Ripley News to see how we are doing.