The search is on for a new charity for our Jam Jar Army campaign as it looks to march on into 2014.
From today, the Gazette is looking for nominations from across north Northumberland for a local good cause to be the next beneficiary of the community’s fund-raising efforts.
The Jam Jar Army appeal was first launched in May 2011 after author Judith O’Reilly came to us with the idea, and the target of raising £10,000 for HospiceCare North Northumberland was set.
By the end of the year, the appeal had raised more than £13,000 for the charity.
In 2012, Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre was named as the beneficiary after winning a public vote and more than £12,000 was collected.
Our readers then selected dog charity SHAK to receive Jam Jar Army funds in 2013 and the £10,000 target was smashed before Christmas.
Now it’s the chance for good causes in the area to put themselves forward for 2014.
Anyone wanting to nominate a charity should contact the Gazette and describe, in no more than 200 words, what the charity is about and what the £10,000 target amount would be used for.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or apply by post to Jam Jar Army 2014, Northumberland Gazette, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1PN.
The closing date is Friday, January 17, and the shortlist will be published the following week when voting will start. The winner will be announced on Thursday, February 13.
○ Anyone with jam jars for SHAK should return them to the Gazette office.