Tenors help raise tenners for the army

The gazette team on Jam Jar Army duty.
The gazette team on Jam Jar Army duty.

THIS year’s Jam Jar Army campaign now has a real swing in its step after Alnwick town centre got involved and receiving the backing of a trio of top tenors.

If our campaign to raise £10,000 for the budding actors, dancers and singers from all over north Northumberland who make up the Playhouse Youth Theatre is to be successful, we need everyone to dig deep and give what they can.

Tenors Unlimited , Jem Sharples, Paul Martin and Scott Ciscon

Tenors Unlimited , Jem Sharples, Paul Martin and Scott Ciscon

And this weekend, there was a good response from the shops and businesses in Alnwick as a group of volunteers handed out new jars and stickers as well as collecting any leftover money from the previous campaign for HospiceCare North Northumberland.

Gazette editor Paul Larkin said: “We had a really great response while out in Alnwick, which shows the community spirit that made last year’s campaign such a success.

“I would like to thank everyone that helped out on Saturday morning and those shops and businesses that are getting behind the talented youngsters from all over the area that are involved in the youth theatre.”

And the Jam Jar Army has now been endorsed by Tenors Unlimited, known as ‘the Rat Pack of Opera’, who performed at the Playhouse on Saturday night.

The trio of Scott Ciscon, Paul Martin and Jem Sharples all agreed that they couldn’t think of a better cause than the Playhouse Youth Theatre.

The beauty of the Jam Jar Army is its simplicity.

Anyone can take part – all you have to do is fill an empty jar with loose change.

Austerity measures may be biting but there are always a few pennies left in the bottom of purses, wallets, handbags and pockets.

If everyone collects theirs in a jam jar then we can reach our £10,000 target once again.

We want businesses, organisations, families and individuals to all have their own collections.

Full jars can be dropped off at the Alnwick Playhouse, the Northumberland Gazette office in Bondgate Without or the Lions bookshop in Bondgate Within, Alnwick.

We also have new stickers with the Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre logo to decorate jam jars available to collect from the Gazette office.

Anyone with a novel idea for raising funds should get in touch with Ben O’Connell on 01665 602234 or ben.oconnell@northeast-press.co.uk

Follow the campaign as it marches across north Northumberland in the Gazette.

For more information follow @jamjararmy on Twitter, visit The Jam Jar Army Facebook page and the website at www.jamjararmy.co.uk

l See P17 for a review of the Tenors Unlimited concert at the Playhouse and the chance to win a signed copy of their CD.