Local business people prepare to get locked up for Rowcroft

23 March 2017

Business people from across South Devon are preparing to face trial in Rowcroft’s courtroom as the hospice’s new fundraising initiative, Jail or Bail, takes place next Friday 31 March.

A total of eight business people are set to be ‘arrested’ by police and locked up for the day in Rowcroft’s jail. They will be sentenced and (most likely) found guilty by Rowcroft Trustee and Jail or Bail judge, Richard Ward.

Following their sentencing the prisoners will have from 9am – 5pm to raise the £1,000 bail money needed for their release.

Those taking part include Bob Smith from RGS Architectural Design Consultants, Paul Beattie from APH Heating, Russell Clegg from RJC Wills Estate Planning, Mark Andrews from Torbay Pharmaceuticals, Bruce MacDonald from Pathfinder Homes, Quentin O'Gorman from Prestige Supercar, Nick Richardson from Get Plastered South West and Adele Hearne from The Blue Anchor, Teignmouth.

Pathfinder Homes chose Rowcroft as its Charity of the Year for 2017 and Managing Director, Bruce Macdonald, is looking forward to next Friday’s new and arresting challenge.

He said: “The Pathfinder Homes team selected Rowcroft Hospice as our Charity of the Year again this year simply because of the amazing work they do in the local area.

“A lot of our team members have been directly involved and supported by the team at the hospice during the most difficult periods of their lives; I feel incredibly honoured to be able to support in any way possible, if that means going to jail – so be it!”

All eight prisoners facing a lengthy jail sentence will only be able to use their mobile phones and social media channels to raise their bail money and secure their release.

Hayley Norrish, Community Fundraising Manager at Rowcroft Hospice, explained: “Our prisoners will be armed with some important information about the hospice to help them with their challenge, but the rest is up to them, their ingenuity and their mobile phones!”

Jail or Bail is part of a series of continuing efforts the hospice is making to regain financial stability following a drastic funding shortfall in 2016.

Fundraising Manager, Rachael Bryett, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all the local businesses who are giving up a day in the office to help us with this fun and novel new fundraising initiative.

“By raising funds for Rowcroft they are all helping to secure a vital local service that enables people living with life-limiting illnesses to share precious time with their friends and family, both now, and in the future.

“We can’t thank them all enough for their support and look forward to welcoming them to the hospice next Friday – albeit in handcuffs!”

To help bail out our jail breakers visit www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/meet-our-jail-or-bail-convicts to make a donation and show your support.


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