JAM – 3 Friends making a difference in Northampton

Welcome to JAM – Helping Out! We are Julia Harris, Ann Brebner, and Mandy Lagden, three friends united by a shared passion for making a difference in our community. Based in Northampton, our mission is to support local charities through fundraising and raising awareness.

Our journey began with a simple idea: to give back to the community that has given us so much. We each bring our unique skills and experiences to the table, allowing us to approach our mission with creativity and dedication. Whether it’s organising events, running campaigns, or spreading the word about important causes, we are committed to making a tangible impact.

What We Do

Fundraising Events

From fairs to runs, we organise a variety of events to raise funds for Northampton-based charities. Every penny raised goes directly to supporting those in need.

Awareness Campaigns

We believe that awareness is the first step towards change. Our campaigns aim to highlight the vital work of local charities and the issues they address.

Community Engagement

Building a strong community is at our core. We work closely with volunteers, local businesses, and other organisations to maximise our impact.

Current Projects and How You Can Help

JAMathon2024 is our 3rd year supporting Community Spaces Northampton, Project 16:15, and Northampton SENDS 4 Dad. From May 1st to August 1st, we’re fundraising vigorously for these three charities, splitting all proceeds equally. So far, we’ve raised an amazing £3,921.60 in just one month, thanks to your incredible support! Join us by hosting or collaborating on a fundraiser—message us to get involved. Visit our Facebook page for event details and check out our JustGiving page to learn more about the charities and how your support makes a difference. Please share if you can!

Every 3 months, we host casual charity networking for charities/good causes at Square Feet Coworking. Next session: June 26, 12-2pm. Message us to join!

We’ve joined Northants Litter Wombles and Growing Together N’ton in Blackthorn, and Heathers in Kingsley Park, followed by tea & cake :-). We’d love to do this with our JAMMIE supporters too! More details coming soon.

From Jamathon2023, funding Northampton Community Sheds, she now crafts with them. Message her at 07968 189098 for custom pieces; proceeds support Sheds.

We have now distributed all of the 2,400 individually wrapped Always sanitary pads that were given to us by Baby Basics Northampton. They have offered us more if we need them, so please make contact if you would like some dropping off for your service users.

We’re collecting cardboard boxes, packaging for Spencer Contact, and essential items like food, clothes, and household goods for local charities. Drop off at JAMMIE HQ on Collingwood Road (please message or call ahead), or we may arrange pick-up depending on location.

Created by Jayne Crofts of Studio 8 Embroidery, these handy bags are £8.50 each. £5 from each sale goes to a local charity (charity varies; we’ll inform you at purchase). Note: Cream bags have short handles, black bags have long handles.

Our Numbers to Date

Charities and good causes helped
J.A.M. events and collaborations

We’re passionate about more than just fundraising – we’re committed to raising awareness and providing hands-on support to local charities. We’ve been involved in a wide range of activities, from planting vegetables at The Hope Centre allotment and serving meals at GTN community lunches, to organising Christmas present collections for Spring Charity Venture and running raffles at International Women’s Day events at Delapre Abbey and Holdenby House. We’ve also sorted through toy and clothes donations at Spencer Contact and managed the sign-in at a village dog show. We’re always ready to roll up our sleeves and make a difference. If you need our help, just drop us a message.

Check out below to see some of the projects we’ve been involved in and the charities we’ve supported.

Local Charities and Good Causes We've Helped

These are some of the fantastic charities we’ve been JAMming with recently! Check them out below and consider supporting them if you can.

Are you a charity based in or around Northampton that could use our support next? Drop us a message! 💌