Your pennies will buy WW1 memorial trees

Our Pennies for our Heroes appeal to pay for ‘living memorials’ to the brave men from our area who fought in World War One has reached its target – thanks to you.

The fundraising push, which began in January, has seen us beat our initial target of £600 as we raised £645.

The money will be used to buy three trees – to go in each of our towns – Ripley, Heanor and Alfreton.

We asked readers to donate their pennies and loose change as we know money is tight – and you have been dropping off your money by the bucket load.

Over the next few weeks preparations will be made for the trees to be planted. We will bring more details as soon as we have them.

People who want to still do their bit can soon contribute to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal as we approach Remembrance Day on Tuesday, November 11.

Julie Crouch, editor of the Ripley & Heanor News spoke of her pride at seeing the community come together to commemorate the area’s World War One heroes.

She said: “I feel truly humbled by the generosity of our readers.

“What we have achieved is incredibly commendable. My thanks go to everyone who contributed because as this appeal has shown every single penny is important.”