AN animal lover is hoping South Tynesiders will fill jam jars with spare change to help keep homeless kittens warm this winter.
Maria Harrison, founder of Willows Cat Adoption Centre, is launching her annual Jam Jar Kitty Appeal.
The aim is for members of the public to take home one of her decorated jars and fill them with spare change over the next few weeks before returning them
Maria said: “The water bottles are a special gel type which stay heated for hours after they’ve been warmed up in the microwave.
“It means the kittens can stay warm and cosy during the winter.
“The jars have all been decorated and are ready for people to collect and fill with their loose change.”
Maria is also hosting a Christmas coffee morning on Saturday at the centre, in Wantage Street, South Shields, from 11am to 3pm.
Guests will be able to meet the cats which need a new home, while enjoying mince pies, tea, coffee and spiced ginger ale.
Maria said: “On Saturday, people will also be able to buy vouchers for our cat cafés, which are held every Monday.
“These are a great Christmas gift idea for people who might want to spend some time playing with the cats while enjoying a cup of tea.”
For more information, or to request a jam jar, call Maria on 536 6221 or 07719 605383.