Last chance to vote for your Jam Jar Army winner

Jam Jar Army
Jam Jar Army

There’s still time to vote for your favourite to become the Jam Jar Army’s fifth beneficiary as we march on through 2015.

Last week, we unveiled those in the running after our search for nominees and once again we have a shortlist with a variety of causes and charities, from life-savers to support groups to museums.

And now it’s up to you to vote for your favourite. The campaign relies on the support of the community in north Northumberland and it’s for the community to decide who to support.

For a copy of the voting form, get a copy of this week’s Northumberland Gazette. Voting closes at 5pm on Tuesday, February 24.

The Jam Jar Army appeal was first launched in May 2011 after author Judith O’Reilly came to us with the idea, and the target of raising £10,000 for HospiceCare North Northumberland was set.

By the end of that year, the appeal, which at its simplest sees homes, shops and other businesses collecting small change in jam jars, had raised more than £13,000 for the charity.

In 2012, Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre was named as the beneficiary after winning a public vote and more than £12,000 was collected.

Our readers then selected dog charity SHAK to receive Jam Jar Army funds in 2013 and the £10,000 target was smashed before Christmas, eventually collecting more than £15,000.

Last year, The Stephen Carey Fund, named after the 21-year-old from Alnmouth who collapsed and died while playing football due to an undiagnosed heart defect, won the reader vote to become the fourth beneficiary. During the past year, the fund, which installs defibrillators as well as providing life-saving training, has become an official charity.

Its reign as Jam Jar Army charity continues until the end of the month, but so far at least £9,000 has been raised, taking the overall Jam Jar Army total to nearly £50,000 raised since 2011.