An actor’s dozen for Army

This year’s Jam Jar Army campaign has hit another landmark as it reaches the £12,000 mark, £2,000 more than the original target.

Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre was selected as 2012’s beneficiary after winning the readers’ vote.

An initial target of £10,000 was set and thanks to massive support from the community, this milestone was reached at the start of October.

This sum meant a great deal to the youngsters, who have recently performed three productions at the Playhouse, with Judy Tribe saying the money had ‘secured the youth theatre’s future for now, ‘offering local children the chance of fun theatrical experiences’.

But despite the target being met, Gazette editor Paul Larkin said that the campaign would continue until the end of this year and pushed to raise as much money as possible.

Since then, another £2,000 has come into the coffers thanks to a variety of events as well as the ever-present stream of jam jars being filled by individuals, families and businesses.

Last year, the first Jam Jar Army appeal raised more than £13,000 for HospiceCare North Northumberland, proving the generosity of the north Northumberland community in tough times, raising more than £25,000 for good causes.

The fund-raising for the Playhouse Youth Theatre will finish at the end of the year so any outstanding jars should be returned to the Playhouse or the Gazette office as soon as possible.

We will be launching a new campaign for 2013 and will again be open to nominations for charities working in north Northumberland to be voted for by the public.

Keep an eye out for details in coming weeks.