Editor’s comment: Time for change

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DO you have any jam or other glass jars lying around at home?

And what about spare change, all those 1p and 2p coins, filling up pockets or wallets, purses or bags, or even down the back of the sofa?

If you do, then join our Jam Jar Army and help us make a difference to the lives of people in north Northumberland.

Today we launch a campaign to raise an ambitious total of £10,000 for HospiceCare North Northumberland by September.

It is a massive amount, especially when money is tight, but if everybody bands together in our army and saves a little, it will add up to a considerable sum of money.

We want homes, offices, shops, schools, churches to have their own collections and for anyone who starts their own jam jar at home to spread the word and get as many people as possible involved.

HospiceCare North Northumberland is an obvious choice as the beneficiary of this first phase of the Jam Jar Army offensive.

The work it does, both for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families and carers, is incredibly valuable and touches the lives of so many people across the region.

We need to help it to continue to provide such a brilliant service and even if we hit that £10,000 target, using a jam jar to collect coppers may well become a habit and be an ongoing way of giving money to charity.

The Jam Jar Army is a new way of giving, so let’s all make it work.