‘Criminals’ needed for Leeds hospice’s ‘Jail and Bail’ fundraiser

Three of the 'criminals' locked up at last year's event are, from left: Jayne Upperton, St Gemmas Hospice Matron, Dr Adam Beaumont, CEO and founder of aql and John Duncan from Conference & Visit Leeds.
Three of the 'criminals' locked up at last year's event are, from left: Jayne Upperton, St Gemmas Hospice Matron, Dr Adam Beaumont, CEO and founder of aql and John Duncan from Conference & Visit Leeds.
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Bosses at St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds are helping to keep the streets clear of ‘criminals’ with the return of their popular Jail and Bail event later this month.

The fundraising fun day, on October 13, will see local business people being locked up for ‘crimes’ in the old Victorian cells at Leeds Town Hall.

Special constables from West Yorkshire Police will ‘arrest’ the villains at work, using police vans to escort them to old court room at the town hall where they will be ‘tried’ - and found guilty.

Their only means of escape is to raise at least £500 of bail money.

Laura Ferris, corporate fundraiser at St Gemma’s, said: “Jail and Bail is a really fun, entertaining event for the whole workplace to get involved in and we’d like to hear from anyone willing to ‘hand themselves in’ or nominate a colleague to be locked up, all for a good cause! In the past, we’ve jailed chief executives, entrepreneurs, nurses, professors and lawyers for various light-hearted crimes, raising thousands of pounds towards our vital patient care.”

One of those set to be locked up will be St Gemma’s community nurser specialist Kathy Goldsbrough, who has been nominated to take part by her colleagues for the crime of stealing pens from neighbouring desks.

Spaces are still available for this year’s event so any Leeds-based business people who want to take part can contact Laura on 0113 218 5537 or lauraf@st-gemma.co.uk.

Visit https://events.st-gemma.co.uk/events/jail-bail-2017/ for more information.

* 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. The hospice, based in Moortown, 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.

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