Coin collection for a good cause

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THE beauty of the Jam Jar Army is its simplicity.

Anyone can take part – all you have to do is fill an empty jar with loose change.

Austerity measures may be biting but there are always a few pennies left in the bottom of purses, wallets, handbags and pockets.

If everyone collects theirs in a jam jar then we can reach our £10,000 target once again.

The success of the idea, which came from author Judith O’Reilly, is already proven after the Jam Jar Army raised more than £12,000 for HospiceCare North Northumberland in 2011.

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

Anyone with a novel idea for raising funds should get in touch with the Gazette.

And anyone who got in the swing of it last time round can just carry on gathering money for another great cause.

When the jars are full, you can drop them off at the Alnwick Playhouse, the Northumberland Gazette office in Bondgate Without or the Lions bookshop in Bondgate Within, Alnwick.

Soon we will have new stickers with the Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre logo on ready to decorate a new era of jam jars.

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

For more information follow @jamjararmy on Twitter and visit the website at