Army moves up a gear with cabbie backing

John Vint and his son Alex who is a member of the Youth Theatre are supporting the Jam Jar Army appeal.
John Vint and his son Alex who is a member of the Youth Theatre are supporting the Jam Jar Army appeal.

THE Jam Jar Army is getting some on-the-move support as north Northumberland taxi drivers get on board with the fund-raising.

John Vint, of Sovereign Taxis, and Don Hume, of Alnmouth Private Hire, are helping us towards our £10,000 target for the Playhouse’s Youth Theatre. John has been inspired by his son Alex, who is a member of the Youth Theatre’s junior group.

Jam Jar Army supporter Don Hume from Alnmouth Private Hire.

Jam Jar Army supporter Don Hume from Alnmouth Private Hire.

So far, he has been collecting the change from his passengers’ fares, already filling one jarful after only a couple of weeks’ collecting.

Now he is going to put a poster advertising the Army in his cab to flag up the campaign to passengers and bring in some more cash for the talented youngsters of north Northumberland.

John said that the Jam Jar Army is such a good way of giving because it’s so easy.

“I’m going to put a poster on the dashboard so everyone’s aware of what I’m raising the money for,” he said.

Meanwhile Don was keen to get involved as a long-time supporter of the Playhouse.

“I’m very fond of the theatre group, I do quite a lot of work with the group itself and have done for years,” he said.

“I like to do anything to help especially now they have lost their grants.”

He also agreed that the beauty of the Jam Jar Army was in its simplicity.

“It’s not going to cause inconvenience for me or my passengers,” he added.

And we want other taxi firms to get involved so we have a convoy of vehicles travelling all over Northumberland collecting money for the Jam Jar Army.

We want businesses, organisations, families and individuals to all have their own collections.

Full jars can be dropped off at the Alnwick Playhouse, the Northumberland Gazette office in Bondgate Without or the Lions bookshop in Bondgate Within, Alnwick.

We also have new stickers with the Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre logo to decorate jam jars available to collect from the Gazette office.

Anyone with a novel idea for raising funds should get in touch with Ben O’Connell on 01665 602234 or ben.oconnell@northeast-press.co.uk

Follow the campaign as it marches across north Northumberland in the Gazette.

For more information follow @jamjararmy on Twitter, visit The Jam Jar Army Facebook page and the website at www.jamjararmy.co.uk