Jam Jar Army marches on as more recruits sign up

Ellingham First School pupils Tendai, Laurie, James, Charlotte, Will and Maddie tuck into a plate of jam sandwiches offered to them by Judith O'Reilly of the Jam Jar Army appeal.
Ellingham First School pupils Tendai, Laurie, James, Charlotte, Will and Maddie tuck into a plate of jam sandwiches offered to them by Judith O'Reilly of the Jam Jar Army appeal.

MORE ‘soldiers’ are falling in and the Jam Jar Army is really starting to gain momentum in north Northumberland.

But we need to keep recruting more residents, businesses and schools to the cause in order to reach our target of £10,000 for HospiceCare North Northumberland by September.

James Mutch from Alwnick with some of the jam jars collected.

James Mutch from Alwnick with some of the jam jars collected.

We want every home, shop, office and school to have their own collection and if everybody gives a little change that would otherwise clog pockets and purses we can make a big difference.

Following the sparkling example set by Seahouses Middle School pupils last week with their fast return of jars full to the brim of coins, residents have been returning theirs to the Gazette office too.

James and Tracy Mutch from Alnwick were the first people to return jars to our office – and with a whopping four jars full of coins it’s a great example to set.

Tracy said: “We liked the idea of giving to a local charity and it’s much better than feeding it into a change machine.”

Pupils from Seahouses Middle School celebrate the completion of their walk to Bamburgh for the Jam Jar Army appeal.

Pupils from Seahouses Middle School celebrate the completion of their walk to Bamburgh for the Jam Jar Army appeal.

New schools have been getting in on the action as well with James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) – Acklington Road, formerly Coquet High School, pledging its allegiance.

Students from the school’s charity committee are organising jars for each tutor group in the school, and there will be others in staff rooms and offices.

They are also going to introduce the Jam Jar Army in an assembly for the two middle schools in the Coquet Federation – JCSC – South Avenue, formerly Amble Middle School, and JCSC – Hadston Road, formerly Druridge Bay Middle School.

Get in touch with the Gazette if your school, business or organisation wants to get involved.

Stickers for jars, and posters for shop windows are available at the Gazette office in Alnwick.

Full jars can be dropped off at our office as well as the Lions bookshop on Bondgate Within and the HospiceCare North Northumberland centres in Alnwick and Berwick.