Now the summer is over, we are calling on the community in north Northumberland to refocus efforts on this year’s Jam Jar Army campaign.
In February, we revealed that the public vote to select the beneficiary of the sixth year of the fund-raising effort did not result in an outright winner, as two charities ended up in a tie.
And so, in what is a Jam Jar Army first, there are two beneficiaries of the 2016 campaign with proceeds to be split equally between the pair.
They are Abbeyfield North Northumberland Extra Care Society (ANNEC), which runs Abbeyfield House in Alnwick, and the Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue Trust, based in Longframlington and run by Carole Catchpole, a winner at the recent Best of Northumberland awards, run by our publishers, Northeast Press.
We hope that people have been collecting coins in jars and plenty of jars have come into the Gazette office, but we want to reinvigorate the campaign as we move forward from now.
With this in mind – and given the unprecedented dual-beneficiary approach this year – we have decided to extend the fund-raising past the usual February/March end and through next summer.
There are plenty of posters and stickers available, including for schools, at the Gazette office in Alnwick, where you can also drop off your full jars.