The Advertiser is today launching a special Diamond Jubilee fundraising campaign in tribute to our Queen.
The paper has teamed up with Broxtowe Borough Council and aims to plant new trees in both Hall Om Wong Park in Kimberley and Coronation Park in Eastwood to mark the 60 year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
We need the help of the community to fund the special trees and are asking you to donate the spare pennies you have stored in jam jars and pots in your homes.
Editor Peter Hemmett 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 has generously offered to match any tree planting that our fundraising pays for so lets dig deep and make this a very special fundraising event.
Tim Crawford, Parks and Environmental Manager for the council, said: ‘’We are happy to match any tree planting on a tree-for-tree basis as it helps us towards our goal of planting 100,000 trees over a five year period. This winter saw us reach the half way target.’’
Both the parks are Jubilee Parks, making them very fitting locations for the trees to mark the milestone anniversary.
We will be looking to raise around £200 as a first target but if we exceed that amount then the Advertiser may well ask readers to nominate other causes and charities to receive the cash.
“If we raise more money than is needed for the trees then we may carry on with the fundraising by the Jam Jar Army,” said Peter.
“We are sure that we will be well supported by our generous readers and that we will hit the target.
“The trees will not be planted until the autumn so we have plenty of time to get there.”
If you wish to donate your jam jar of cash just bring it along to the Advertiser office in Heanor Road, Ilkeston, during our office opening times or take them to the Broxtowe Borough Council cash office in Nottingham Road, Eastwood.
We will do the rest and will be printing updates in the paper and online at www.eastwoodadvertiser.co.uk telling you how we are doing