Jubilee joy – as we raise our £300

Tree-mendous: Matlock Mercury editor Amanda Hatfield and Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales, Cllr Judith Twigg, celebrate reaching the target of �300 for our Jubilee Jam Jars appeal.
Tree-mendous: Matlock Mercury editor Amanda Hatfield and Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales, Cllr Judith Twigg, celebrate reaching the target of �300 for our Jubilee Jam Jars appeal.
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Well done Mercury readers you have hit our first Jam Jar Army target in just three months.

We set out to raise £300 to buy an avenue of trees for Hall Leys Park in time for the Queen’s Jubilee and we have done it with time to spare.

This week Cllr Judith Twigg accepted the cash on behalf of Derbyshire Dales District Council which will be planting the trees for us next to the Cafe In the Park alongside Causeway Lane.

Cllr Mrs Twigg, Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales, said: “We’re delighted with the response to the Matlock Mercury’s appeal and look forward to the planting of additional trees to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

“Derbyshire Dales District Council is proud to maintain Hall Leys Park to a superb standard and this appeal will further enhance the park’s deserved status as one of the best in the whole of the UK.”

We asked you back in February to help raise the £300 by donating any jars or pots of spare change you had been saving towards the good cause.

Within hours of the Mercury hitting the streets we had our first donation and we quickly raised £100.

For the last few weeks we have had a steady flow of pennies arriving at the office and we raised the last £10 this week.

In fact we have a little extra so we may well buy a plaque to go with the new avenue of trees.

The trees are going to be planted alongside Causeway Lane between the cafe and the children’s playground and will mirror the avenue on the other side of the park.

As well as buying a plaque we have also decided to carry on collecting your loose change for charity.

You will become our official Jam Jar Army and every three months we will choose a good cause to receive whatever we have collected.

So now as well as bringing in your coppers we want you to nominate some good causes in the Dales who are in need of a little extra help.

It might be a playgroup, a lunch club, a youth club or a sports team. You let us know and if we can’t choose between the suggestions we will get readers to vote online.

n Keep bringing your coins into the office and if you have any suggestions for a charity to benefit from them let us know at news@matlockmercury.co.uk