Three Rotherham men are going to be sent down on 4 April, but luckily it’s all for charity.
Bluebell Wood has persuaded Rotherham United player Will Vaulks, Frank Christmas, a team leader at Capita, and James Gascoigne, a solicitor at Howells in Rotherham, to be among 12 fundraising felons locked up for its ‘Jail n’ Bail’ event next month.
The dirty dozen will arrive at Bluebell Wood in the morning to be charged with a range of mock crimes. Police vehicles will transport them to the Lifewise Centre, Hellaby, where they will have their charges read out by a magistrate. Wearing their prison uniforms, they will then go down to their prison cells.
Together with their fellow inmates, Will, Frank and James 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.
The partners in crime will only be bailed out later in the day when they raise enough 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. 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 charges on me, but if it raises money for Bluebell Wood, it will be more than worthwhile.”
James said: “I have been ‘volunteered’ by my colleagues because I’m always winding them up! They feel I’m going to get my just desserts in prison. It’s a really good charity and I can’t wait to help raise some money.”
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.”
To sponsor any of the fundraising felons please visit www.mydonate.bt.com/events/jailandbail2018/456091
Will Vaulks’ fundraising page is at www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/willvaulks1
James Gascoigne’s is at www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jamesgascoigne1
Frank Christmas’ is at www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ellenquinn1