A good five years on from the major financial crash and people of all backgrounds are still struggling as the economy limps its way to recovery.
Not a week goes by without newspapers reporting on some new aspect of the ‘cost-of-living crisis’.
But despite this background, our Jam Jar Army campaign, which has hits its £10,000 target for the third year running, continues to bear fruit.
People in north Northumberland may not have as much disposable income as they once did, but it hasn’t stopped them filling jars with what spare change they do have to support local good causes.
With a total of more than £36,000 raised for three charities in not much more than two-and-a-half years, the Jam Jar Army really is testament to the generosity of our readers as well as the simplicity of the concept.
Next year we will be looking for nominations for a new beneficiary and we trust that the generosity of our communities will continue. Your support has already helped people with life-limiting illnesses, budding actors and mistreated dogs; who will be next?