Broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson has endorsed a project to install a national memorial paying tribute to miners.
Chase Arts for Public Spaces (Chaps), which has been raising money for the monument at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, said it had raised more than £92,000 towards a target of £100,000 and felt "confident" financial support would continue to reach the total.
Sir Michael said he was "delighted to support this long-overdue and worthy tribute" to miners who played "such a significant part in an industry that transformed the world we live in".
He added people should "all be grateful" miners like his father "did that dirty and dangerous job so that the rest of us could go about our everyday lives in a manner to which we were accustomed".
Work by artist Andy De Comyn was well under way and a date for work to begin on site at the start of April was on schedule as originally planned, Chaps said.