Leeds business people to be 'locked up' for Jail & Bail 2017 in aid of St. Gemma's Hospice
Local business people will be arrested and put behind bars for ‘crimes’ such as doing ‘really bad dad dancing’ or being the office chatterbox, all in aid of St Gemma's Hospice.
The Hospice’s popular Jail & Bail fundraiser event returns on Friday 13 October, and will see ‘criminals’ from local businesses ‘arrested’ by West Yorkshire Police - Specials and then escorted to Leeds Town... Hall to face a mock trial. Their only means of escape from the old Victorian jail cells is to aim to raise at least £500 ‘bail money’.
This year, St Gemma’s Community Nurse Specialist, Kathy Goldsbrough, has been nominated to take part by her colleagues due to her ‘crime’ of being a pen thief! She’s known as the office ‘squirrel’ because when pens, mugs and stationary go missing, they’re usually found on her desk.
St Gemma’s Community Nurse Specialist, Kathy Goldsbrough said: “This is a really fun event which has got everyone talking at the Hospice. I’m hoping we’ll raise lots of money for our patient care, and of course, that the kind people of Leeds will give me my freedom back and donate to my bail money so that I can get back to my job!”
Kathy, will be arrested along with 7 other ‘criminals’ from businesses across Leeds including William Hill, eDen eSports Bar, Schofield Sweeney, Amey, Sky, Clipper Logistics and Levi Solicitors.
West Yorkshire Police is supporting the event by providing Special Constables to assist with the 'arrests'.
PC Fraser Corry, Leeds District Specials Liaison Officer, said: "The Special Constables are trained volunteers who give their time freely to help support local police teams and the community.
“We hope people will benefit from this fundraising event by helping to raise vital funds for the care of terminally ill people in the local area as well as helping to provide an insight into local policing.”
St Gemma’s Hospice has been holding Jail & Bail events in Leeds since 2009 and has raised around £10,000 towards patient care from each event.
If you would like to set Kathy free so that she can continue caring for St. Gemma’s patients and families, then you can donate bail money by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JailandBail2017.
St Gemma’s Hospice, based in Moortown, Leeds, provides specialist medical and nursing care for local people with life threatening illnesses, predominantly cancer, and support for their families too. Care provided is free of charge to patients and their families so St Gemma's relies on donations and local fundraising initiatives in the community.