Last big push to reach our target before Christmas

WE need you to help us give HospiceCare North Northumberland the perfect gift this Christmas.

Our Jam Jar Army appeal is now under £900 short of the £10,000 target.

So we need everyone to dig deep and find whatever ways they can to help us hit that figure before Father Christmas visits on the 25th.

The total, now £9,131.93, was boosted in recent weeks thanks to collecting the cash from restaurants, shops and businesses, first in Alnwick and then Seahouses and the coast.

A number of them had raised significant totals with the Ocean Club in Seahouses collecting £85 and Rainbow Day Nursery in Alnwick donating £154.61.

The Jam Jar Army was the brainchild of writer Judith O’Reilly, and she has called for a final effort.

“We have just two weeks left until Christmas and we are incredibly close to our target of £10,000 for the hospice.

“Gazette readers have been incredibly generous so far, but we have to make a final push.

“Get those jam jars in, and if anyone hasn’t been collecting their coppers but is thinking about giving something at Christmas time to a charity, this is the moment to give.

“Find a couple of pound coins, roll up a fiver or just empty your pockets of all that loose change and give it to the Jam Jar Army for the hospice – they really need it.

“Remember, Father Christmas is watching!”

Gazette editor Paul Larkin said: “We are very pleased at how well the Jam Jar Army has gone so far.

“It has shown that a lot of people giving a little can make a huge difference, even at a time of economic hardship.

“But we need everyone to find a little bit more so that we can hit that £10,000 target.”

Jam jars can be dropped off at the Gazette office, the Lions bookshop in Alnwick or the HospiceCare centres in Alnwick and Berwick.