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Nominate your boss for a post lockdown lock-up challenge

16th August 2020

Two people wearing striped 'convict-style' jumpsuits stand in a metal cage holding yellow fundraising buckets with the St Richard's Hospice logo. Outside the cage stands a woman wearing a police officer fancy dress outfit.

Employees, pupils and budding sports stars are being invited to ‘lock up their boss, teacher or coach’ for a light-hearted fundraising challenge in support of St Richard’s Hospice.

Detainees from across the county will be handcuffed outside the hospice in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, on Saturday, 26th September – and tasked with raising £500 in bail money for their freedom.

Among those signed-up for the challenge is Philip Serrell, local auctioneer and TV personality from shows such as BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip. Mr Serrell is a Patron of St Richard’s Hospice.

A man wearing a dark blue jumper and lighter coloured scarf stands, leaning on the bonnet of a blue classic car. In the background is a harbour.

Philip Serrell

“I’m looking forward to being ‘locked up’ this September and raising money for a cause which is very dear to my heart. As a Patron of St Richard’s, I know all too well the challenges the team are facing because of Covid-19 and I also know how determined they are to ensure patients and their loved ones still have the best care possible,” said Mr Serrell.

“So why not nominate your boss, teacher or coach to join me this September? It’ll be great fun, helping making a difference for a really special local charity,” he added.

Also signed-up to take part is former Worcester Warrior and England 7s player, Nick Baxter.

Ria Simons, hospice fundraiser, said: “This is set to be another fantastic challenge in support of our care and we can’t wait to see all the detainees raising money outside St Richard’s; the heart of our organisation.

“We know lockdown was a challenge for many forced to endure your boss’ lockdown hair, loungewear and endless Zoom calls! And what about all that online schoolwork set by teachers or the sports coaches dreaming up gruelling training schedules from afar? Well now’s your chance to get your own back for those lockdown crimes by locking up the perpetrator and making them fundraise for their freedom!”

On the day, each detainee will be ‘taken into custody’ at 10am where their mug shot and finger prints will be taken.

Then, they will ‘stand trial’ for their fictitious crime before being handcuffed outside the hospice.

Participants will be challenged to call on friends, family and colleagues to raise their bail by 3pm. It is hoped each person will raise £500 or more.

All the money raised on the day will help St Richard’s Hospice continue its free care to patients living with serious, progressive illnesses, their loved ones and bereaved people across Worcestershire.

To get involved with Jail and Bail, visit www.strichards.org.uk/event/jail-bail-2