Reflecting on a job well done

A defibrillator box supplied by the Stephen Carey Fund at Druridge Bay
A defibrillator box supplied by the Stephen Carey Fund at Druridge Bay

As the Stephen Carey Fund’s reign as our Jam Jar Army charity nears its end, it’s worth taking a look at what it has achieved so far.

The main aim of the Fund is to install life-saving defibrillators in communities up and down Northumberland – as well as training people how to use them – and to date, 27 within cabinets have been installed.

A further seven have been supplied to local sports clubs and organisations and another eight are to be installed in the coming weeks.

And just because it will no longer be the Jam Jar Army beneficiary in 2015, that doesn’t mean it won’t continue to be well supported, not least because it has been selected by Newcastle Building Society’s Morpeth branch as its charity of the year.

With that in mind, we are calling on everyone with jars in their homes, businesses and shops to get them in as soon as possible so we can get a final total for the 2014 campaign.

Jam jars can be returned to the Gazette office on Bondgate Without (our door is locked, but we are still here during working hours if you ring the bell) or the Alnwick Lions’ bookshop on Bondgate Within. Alternatively, you may wish to contact the Fund directly.

Soon, we will be launching a search for this year’s Jam Jar Army charity.

As in previous years, we will be calling for nominations from charities and beneficiaries based in, or which predominantly serve, north Northumberland before opening up the final decision to a reader vote.