This week the Advertiser is launching its Pennies For Our Heroes appeal in a bid to pay tribute to the brave Ilkeston soldiers of World War One who gave their lives on the front line — and we need your help.
As 2014 marks the 100th year since the outbreak of the ‘Great War’, we want to raise as much cash as we can to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice on bloody battlefields.
We’re asking you, the ‘Tiser readers to dig deep as you have done so many times before, and donate to this deserving cause.
All we want you to do is pop your pennies and spare change into a jam jar and hand it over to help pay for a tree to be planted in tribute to our town’s fallen.
We’ve teamed up with Erewash Borough Council, who are backing our campaign.
Editor Martin Hutton said: “Many of us have no idea what it is like to go into battle with the knowledge you may never return. That’s what happened to countless young soldiers during World War One.
“But while we might not know first hand, we in this town are proud and thankful when it comes to those sacrifices.
“Every Remembrance Sunday we pay our respects.
“Now, on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, we want to plant a tree, which in my view symbolises life and growth, to remember the price paid by local soldiers to retain our freedom.
Every penny we raise will go towards the memorial tree to be planted in the town, complete with plaque, to act as a permanent reminder for generations to come of the men and women who sacrificed so much. If we get enough, we would like to plant several trees.
Erewash Borough Council leader Cllr Chris Corbett, said: “We are delighted to be part of this wonderful campaign and give it our full backing. It’s a lovely idea to raise the money and plant a tree in memory of all of our brave men and women from World War One.
“Collecting a jam jar full of change is a lovely idea and something everyone can do.”
The Ilkeston Royal British Legion also gave the campaign their backing.
Branch chairman, Malcolm Jarvis said: “We support any local efforts to honour the fallen. Planting the tree in a park or public place will be a great tribute to the war dead and the campaign is something that will really involve the community.”
Fill up a jam jar with loose change. Once it is full drop it off at Ilkeston Town Hall, on Ilkeston Market Place.
Call us at the ‘Tiser on 0115 9446165 if you would like to be a collection point for donations.
Keep reading the ‘Tiser for more drop off points and information about the campaign.