Businessmen and women get 'locked up' for children's hospice

Jail and Bail fundraiser <i>(Image: Helen & Douglas House)</i>
Jail and Bail fundraiser (Image: Helen & Douglas House)

Ten 'guilty' businessmen and women were locked up in Oxford prison for a night to raise money for a children's hospice.

Employees of the Savvy Group and other construction industry professionals were banished to the cells of Oxford Castle and Prison as part of Helen and Douglas House's Jail & Bail corporate fundraiser.

Together the 'inmates' managed to raise over £15,000 for the charity.

The participants were charged with crimes including poor timekeeping, not making enough coffee, having unwashed large dogs in the office, not sharing chocolate, excessive wind and Kelly Whitton, head of built heritage at Blenheim Palace, was charged with stealing the gold toilet.

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The prisoners were 'arrested' by Thames Valley Police at the Savvy Group offices in Horspath and transported in a prison van to the prison at 9am.

There they were locked up for the day with only a phone and laptop.

In order to get themselves released, they had to reach their bail money of £999 each, using their contacts and asking local businesses to fundraise on their behalf.

Steve Dunne, managing director of Savvy Group said they were delighted to "do our part to raise over £10,000 so that Helen and Douglas House can continue to do their remarkable work to help local terminally ill children and their families".

Ros Bowen, from Helen & Douglas House, thanked all the participants, Oxford Castle and Prison and the police for helping to "to make this fundraiser as realistic as possible".

"The money that each ‘inmate’ raises will help local terminally ill children and their families make the most of the time they have together," she said.