Barnsley Three set for spell behind bars

Frank Christmas

Three Barnsley men are going to be sent down on 4 April, but luckily it’s all for charity.

Frank Christmas who lives in Hoyland and is a team leader at Capita, and Ken Perritt and Richard Burdin, who both work for XPO Logistics in Grimethorpe, are just three of 12 fundraising felons set to be locked up to raise money for Bluebell Wood at its Jail n’ Bail event.

The dirty dozen will arrive at Bluebell Wood in the morning to discover they are charged with a range of crimes. Police vehicles will transport them to Hellaby where they will have their charges read out by a magistrate. Wearing their prison uniforms, they will then be sent down to their cells.

Together with their fellow inmates, Frank, Ken and Richard will be seeking sponsorship from now until then to help secure their release. The more each person raises to help the children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions supported by Bluebell Wood, the sooner they may be released.

Ken Perritt

The partners in crime will only be bailed out later in the day when they raise at least £300 each in sponsorship. All money will help South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice support families facing the toughest of times across the region.

Frank said: “The more I learn about this charity, the more I want to be involved. There are a lot of good reasons to support Bluebell Wood. It’s there for families facing the hardest times of their lives, and it makes me realise our day to day moans are small in comparison to what some people face. I don’t know what Jail n’ Bail has in store for me, but I’m happy to go along with it. I’m sure my colleagues will do their best to plant a few trumped up charges on me, but if it raises money for Bluebell Wood, it will be more than worthwhile.”

Rachel Hodges, Senior Events Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to all our willing inmates for agreeing to be locked up for a day for Bluebell Wood. They will also be making a big difference to our families, helping us to provide even more of the support they need, at the toughest times of their lives.”

If you’d like to help any of the dirty dozen towards their ‘get out of jail free’ cards, you can sponsor them at

Richard’s fundraising page is at

Ken’s fundraising page is

Frank’s fundraising page is at


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