Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) held its annual Jail and Bail fundraising event at Devonport Guildhall in Plymouth on Friday 15th March which raised an amazing £19,136 for the local children’s charity.
12 local business people took part in the event which involved individuals getting arrested and put on trial for fictitious crimes including excessive networking, hacking facebook and being loud in the workplace.
Prisoners included; Arthur Greg from Bandvulc Group, Bridgitte Worth from Russell Worth Solicitors, Brock from Cornish Partnerships, Dan Bryant from Mansbridge Balment, Mark Hinchcliffe from Inch Recycling Solutions, Michael Mann from Plymouth Estates, Mike Turner from 6 o’clock club, Neil Davies from Continental Group, Sarah Easton from Viridor, Vicky Bolt from Maitlands and Mat Parker and Steve Aldridge from NatWest.
Sarah Nuttall-Worsley, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for CHSW said “What an absolutely fantastic effort from everyone involved. I would like to thank all of our ‘prisoners’ for their hard work throughout the day getting in touch with all their contacts and getting some really generous donations.”
Local Mum Bex Hele inspired the prisoners during the day by sharing her story of the support her family received from CHSW at its Little Harbour hospice when their baby Jack died from a rare heart condition.
Little Harbour is not like a hospital, it’s like a home where the carers are doing their job seamlessly. They give you all the guidance you need that’s practical, but they also give you all the guidance you need that’s emotional and that is what your time and efforts are helping today.
Thanks go to off-duty police officers from Devonport for assisting with the arrests, Devonport Guildhall, Column Bakehouse, Dartmoor Brewery, Encore Showbiz, Santander, HSBC, Barnett Photo Studio, Fox Property Visions and the Cornwall Channel. Also assisting on the day were Alan Porter AKA Paddy from the Will Centre who acted as the judge, Denise Kehoe from Nix Play who played the Clerk of the Court and Richard Woods from Phoneta who acted as the prosecutor.
Money raised from the event will go towards the care and support that CHSW offers to children with life threatening and life limiting illnesses and their families. The charity has three children’s hospices in the south west including Little Harbour in St Austell which is the local children’s hospice for families from across Plymouth and Cornwall. Little Harbour is currently supporting 130 local children and families as well as 30 bereaved families and provides a great deal of respite care as well as end of life care and bereavement support.