Still time to nominate for the Jam Jar Army

There’s still time to nominate charities and good causes for the 2016 march of our Jam Jar Army campaign, which is set to start next month.

As reported in last week’s Gazette, we have launched the search for the sixth beneficiary of the community fund-raising initiative.

Abbeyfield resident Ethel Elliot, 89, has been collecting money for the Jam Jar Army for the Amble lifeboat.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Abbeyfield resident Ethel Elliot, 89, has been collecting money for the Jam Jar Army for the Amble lifeboat.'Picture by Jane Coltman

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.

That target was surpassed and overall, a total of more than £55,000 has been raised since with the other recipients being Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre, SHAK, The Stephen Carey Fund and the Amble Shannon Lifeboat Appeal.

Now, we are looking for the latest local good cause to join that list.

Anyone wanting to nominate a beneficiary should describe, in no more than 200 words, what the charity is about and for what the £10,000 target amount would be used. Email ben.oconnell@jpress.co.uk or apply by post to Jam Jar Army 2016, Northumberland Gazette, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1PN.

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Monday and the shortlist will be published in the Gazette on Thursday, February 11, when voting will start. There will be another chance to get a voting form on Thursday, February 18, before the closing date for votes at 5pm on Tuesday, February 23. The winner will be announced on Thursday, February 25.