The votes are in and once again it was a close-run count, but the 2014 Jam Jar Army charity is The Stephen Carey Fund.
The fourth year of the Gazette campaign, which encourages people to collect small change in jam jars, will support the namesake fund, which celebrates its first anniversary this month.
It was set up following the death of the 21-year-old from Alnmouth, who, due to an undiagnosed heart defect, collapsed and died while playing football for the village’s side.
The money raised by the charity goes towards providing defibrillators, organising first-aid training and providing free first-aid kits to sports clubs across north Northumberland.
David Wilson, from The Stephen Carey Fund, said: “It’s a real honour to win the Jam Jar Army 2014, as not only will the funds make a real difference to our cause, but fundamentally because it shows the growing level of awareness and support we now have from the community – that was always something we set out as a key goal in our first year.
“Hearing that the public took the time and made the choice to vote for us, truly was a moment to sit back and realise what we have achieved so far and what we can achieve in the future with that level of support.
“We have set ourselves a target of installing 20 to 30 defibrillators throughout 2014 and the funds from the Jam Jar Army will go a long way to helping us achieve that, in addition, it will further boost our awareness among the public to a position we perhaps couldn’t have imagined for this year.”
Gazette editor Paul Larkin said: “The response from our readers has been fantastic yet again and it’s great to see the community having its say. Congratulations to The Stephen Carey Fund.”