Nottinghamshire Hospice

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Outlaws needed for Jail & Bail event

Nottinghamshire Hospice is on the hunt for more ‘criminals’ to take part in their fundraising Jail and Bail event on 8 November.

The fundraising event will see local business people and other personalities arrested then tried at the criminal court in the National Justice Museum where they will join Robin Hood in the dock, before being thrown in the cells. Their only means of escape is to raise £1,000 in bail money.

Jo Walchester, Head of Marketing at Rothera Sharp Solicitors will be standing trial on charges of firing off too many hot-headed emails to colleagues.  She said: “I’ll be spending time in my cell thinking about my heinous crime and I’m sure my colleagues will delight in their temporary respite from my keyboard warrior ways!

“The staff and facilities at Nottinghamshire Hospice are second to none and I’m really impressed by the work they do to facilitate the care and support of people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. My dad passed away when I was very young and I have always wanted to help raise money for a hospice similar to the one he spent time in.”

Jo is one of five defendants already signed up. The hospice is looking for five more.

Nottinghamshire Hospice Fundraiser Gemma Taylor-Mahon said:  “Legend has it that Robin Hood was found praying behind a screen in St Mary’s Church by a monk who tipped off the Sheriff of Nottingham who promptly arrested him. In our re-enaction of this, we are inviting sponsors and other key hospice supporters to enter a participant in the event as a defendant.”

“Their crimes will be determined by their colleagues and might include such heinous offenses as having too many shoes or skipping their turns in the office tea run.”

The  Hospice Fundraising team will be on hand to help with setting up a JustGiving page and other fundraising materials to help the ‘defendants’ as they aim to reach their bail fee.

If you would like to take part as a defendant, please get in touch with the Gemma Taylor-Mahon at Nottinghamshire Hospice on 0115 910 1008 ext 207 or email partnerships@nottshospice.org for more information.