The managing director of the Van Dyk Hotel in Clowne is being sent straight to jail on 4 April, but it’s all for a good cause.
Marc Wildes, who runs the luxury four star hotel on Worksop Road, is one of 12 fundraising felons set to be locked up at Bluebell Wood’s Jail n’ Bail event next month.
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 the Lifewise Centre in 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 his fellow inmates, Marc will be seeking sponsorship from now until then to help secure his 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 a minimum amount of sponsorship. All money will help the children’s hospice support families facing the toughest of times across the region.
Explaining why he’s taking part in Jail n Bail on his fundraising page, Marc said: “I think it is important for all businesses to give something back, be that in a monetary amount or in time. As a family run business, me and my team members all felt compelled to support Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice as they unconditionally support families during such difficult times. We are all 100% on-board with Bluebell Wood and the wave of support from our team members has been unprecedented. I am not cut out for prison but I will, in whatever way, support the hospice and I couldn’t be prouder.
Marc’s colleague Amanda Martin said: “When it comes to putting Marc in a cell on 4 April, he is a born salesman, so we think his jail term could be the shortest on record. It seems there really isn’t much Marc isn’t prepared to do for Bluebell Wood.”
Rachel Hodges, Senior Events Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to Marc and 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 help Marc towards his ‘get out of jail free card’ by sponsoring him please visit www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/marcwildes1