Beauty queen joins the army

Miss Northumberland Laura Hickey is backing the Jam Jar Army.
Miss Northumberland Laura Hickey is backing the Jam Jar Army.

THE Jam Jar Army has another spring in its step this week after Miss Northumberland pledged her allegiance to the cause.

Lovely Laura Hickey, who won the title in June and recently took part in the Miss England competition, has given her backing to the Army.

The 21-year-old said: “Everyone has got change hanging around the house, down the sofa or at the bottom of handbags, I know I have.

“This is a really good cause for it all to go towards.”

We are trying to raise £10,000 for HospiceCare North Northumberland to support their work with people across north Northumberland with life-limiting illnesses.

Three weeks ago, the Gazette reported how we had hit our first £1,000 and there are lots of jars out and about across the county filling up with coins.

And we still have plenty of good-sized glass jars for people to take away and use so there is no excuse for anyone to fail to join the Jam Jar Army.

The jars were kindly donated by Patteson’s Glass after Chris Ward from the Lincolnshire-based company saw the campaign and decided to help out.

Stickers for jars and posters for shop windows are also available at the Gazette office in Alnwick.

Get in touch with the Gazette if your business or organisation wants to get involved.

Schools, holiday cottages, cafes and hotels have all got involved so far.

Full jars can be dropped off at our office as well as the Lions bookshop on Bondgate Within and the HospiceCare North Northumberland centres in Alnwick and Berwick.

For more information about the campaign, see or contact Ben O’Connell at the Gazette on 01665 602234.