Six fundraisers jailed and bailed to help South Yorkshire charities

Six fundraisers were 'jailed and bailed'  to  raise money for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice and SAFE@LAST. 'They were 'locked up' in the Lifewise Centre in Hellaby for a day and had to call contacts to collect bail money to get released. 'The participants were each 'arrested' by South Yorkshire Police at Caffe Massarella in Meadowhall. 'More than �4,000 was raised,
Six fundraisers were 'jailed and bailed' to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice and SAFE@LAST. 'They were 'locked up' in the Lifewise Centre in Hellaby for a day and had to call contacts to collect bail money to get released. 'The participants were each 'arrested' by South Yorkshire Police at Caffe Massarella in Meadowhall. 'More than �4,000 was raised,

Six fundraisers were ‘jailed and bailed’ to help two South Yorkshire charities.

They were arrested by South Yorkshire Police officers at Meadowhall and detained at the police-run Lifewise Centre in Hellaby, Rotherham, until their friends and family agreed to pay their bail to secure their release.

The £4,000 raised will be shared between Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston and SAFE@LAST, which supports South Yorkshire who have run away from home or are at risk of going missing.

Chris Edwards, Chief Officer at the NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, was one of those who took part in the event.

He said: “We recognise the great work that Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice does on behalf of Rotherham patients and as an organisation couldn’t think of a better way of supporting the charity than locking up a Chief Officer for a day.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect and I must admit to being a little apprehensive beforehand.”

Mark Massarella, SAFE@LAST Trustee and Managing Director of Massarella Catering Group, added: “We’ve had an exciting morning raising funds for two very worthwhile causes who both work to support children and families in our region.

“The support we have received from all those involved and our fantastic friends and family that have donated the funds to secure our release has been phenomenal. The experience definitely isn’t one I’ll forget.”

John Holt, the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, who organised the event, also took part along with Rob Chitoriski, Under Sheriff of South Yorkshire; retired estate agent Burton Barnsdale and retired paint and DIY retailer Stephen Fenning.