Appeal for jars to be handed in

David Wilson from the Stephen Carey Fund and Gazette editor Paul Larkin mark the start of the Jam Jar Army appeal.
David Wilson from the Stephen Carey Fund and Gazette editor Paul Larkin mark the start of the Jam Jar Army appeal.

For the fourth year running, the Jam Jar Army campaign is approaching its £10,000 target and we need everyone to get their jars in.

Raising money for The Stephen Carey Fund this year, we want the lifesaving charity to follow in the footsteps of HospiceCare North Northumberland, Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre and SHAK, the large-dog charity, by surpassing that target.

To that end, we are calling on everyone with jars in their homes, businesses and shops to get them in in the hope that we can hit the £10,000 mark before the end of the year.

However, the collection will continue into the new year, until around February, when the 2015 Jam Jar Army campaign will begin following a reader vote for next year’s beneficiary.

Jam jars can be returned to the Gazette office on Bondgate Without (our door is locked, but we are still here during working hours if you ring the bell) or the Lions bookshop on Bondgate Within.

Alternatively you may be able to arrange to hand over jars to the Fund directly.

The charity has contact details on its website – www.thestephencareyfund.co.uk – and the Fund also has a Facebook page – www.facebook.com/TheStephenCareyFund – and a Twitter account – @1StephenCarey.

By February this year, last year’s charity SHAK had brought in more than £14,500, which followed more than £12,000 for the Youth Theatre and £13,000 for HospiceCare, meaning this year’s collection will take us close to or past the £50,000 mark.