Bags of cash have been donated by generous Ilkeston residents for the ‘Tiser’s Pennies For Heroes campaign to create a lasting memorial to local World War One heroes.
Ilkeston Town Hall and Nationwide building society on Bath Street have been collecting jars of cash donated by generous readers.
The total raised now stands at more than £400 after heavy bags of pennies — amounting to £164.82 — were collected this week from the Nationwide and taken to the town hall where they were counted by staff.
The ‘Tiser campaign calls on locals to donate their loose change, however big or small.
The aim is to raise enough to be able to plant a memorial tree in memory of Ilkeston’s brave men and women who served during the ‘Great War’ from 1914-18 and gave their lives.
The location of the tree is yet to be decided but it is hoped that plans will soon be put in place in order for people to be able to pay their respects to Ilkeston’s war dead.
The campaign was launched in February in conjunction with Erewash Borough Council.
The total raised so far is revealed in the week of many commemorative events to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.
Leader of the council, Cllr Chris Corbett, said: “I think it’s fantastic that so much has been raised.
“At a time when we are all thinking about the bravery of our First World War soldiers it’s good that residents are thinking about our soldiers of the present day.”
There is still time to donate loose change at the Nationwide or at the town hall as part of Pennies for our Heroes
Readers are also invited to send in their suggestions of where the pennies memorial tree should be planted in Ilkeston by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.