Chase Arts for Public Spaces (CHAPS) supported by the NUM in the original application and subsequent appeal have been successful in gaining permission to erect a National Miners’ Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas Staffordshire home to over 350 national memorials.

Its purpose is to remember all those men, women and children who have worked in the coal industry in the UK, to recognise their bravery and the sacrifices they made. Also to remember all those miners who fought in both World Wars, 45 of whom received the Victoria Cross for their actions.

In order to make this a reality CHAPS need to raise £100,000 to build and maintain the memorial. More information on the National Miners’ Memorial and information on how you could make a donation can be found on the CHAPS website