Get jars at the ready

Eleanor Cassidy , vice chairman of Amble Lifeboat Fundraisers who are the new beneficiaries of the Jam Jar Army.
Eleanor Cassidy , vice chairman of Amble Lifeboat Fundraisers who are the new beneficiaries of the Jam Jar Army.

Spring is in the air and in this season of new beginnings, it’s time for residents of north Northumberland to focus on the new Jam Jar Army march.

As was announced in the Gazette a fortnight ago, the beneficiary of the community fund-raising scheme’s fifth campaign is the Amble Shannon Appeal.

Amble Lifeboat Fundraisers (ALF), along with RNLI Amble Management Committee, have been set a target of raising £200,000 by July 2016 to bring a much-needed and modern Shannon lifeboat to the harbour town.

The Shannon is the RNLI’s next-generation all-weather lifeboat and is the most agile in the RNLI fleet as well as the first modern lifeboat to be propelled by water jets, not propellers.

As in previous years, jam jars full of money can be dropped off at the Northumberland Gazette offices on Bondgate Without, as well as the Lions bookshop on Bondgate Within, both Alnwick.

The ALF committee is in the process of arranging drop-off points in Amble itself.

New jam-jar labels and posters are also being printed, so keep your eyes peeled.