On our way to a grand total

Amble Lifeboat Fundraisers at a fund-raising coffee morning.
Amble Lifeboat Fundraisers at a fund-raising coffee morning.

This year’s Jam Jar Army campaign, which is raising money for the Amble Shannon Appeal, is closing in on its first milestone.

So far, the Amble Lifeboat Fundraisers (ALF), who are trying to raise £200,000 to bring a state-of-the-art Shannon-class lifeboat to the harbour town, have banked £731 of Jam Jar cash, well on the way to the £1,000 mark.

Overall, their campaign to support the RNLI has raised £58,500, more than a quarter of the way to their ambitious target.

ALF held a coffee morning last Sunday and raised the magnificent sum of £474.93, which vice-chairman Eleanor Cassidy described as ‘tremendous’.

“We are getting great support from everyone at these coffee mornings – we have them on the third Sunday of each month – and people are coming back,” she said.

“At these coffee mornings, we have plenty of jam jars with labels available and these are taken away then brought back next time with money. It’s great.”

Away from these monthly events, it is hoped that people are busy collecting their loose change in jam jars for the 2015 campaign.

There are drop-off points for full jars in Alnwick – the Gazette office on Bondgate Without and the Lions bookshop on Bondgate Within – and in Amble: Easyway, on Wellwood Street; Rook Matthews Sayer, on Queen Street; and the Fourways 2 building.

ALF and the Gazette have stickers to decorate jam jars and posters available for collection.