Do not pass go: Oxford business stars to be locked up for charity event

Participant Neil Holdstock tries to evade arrest

Some very influential inmates are soon to be locked inside the historic cells of Oxford Castle & Prison, all in aid of local children’s hospice Helen & Douglas House.

The ‘Jail & Bail’ event on Thursday September 20 will see a group of local business leaders arrested and charged with fictitious crimes. Armed with just a phone and their address books to help them, the newly jailed inmates must use their connections to gather charitable donations. Each prisoner will only be released from their cell once they have raised their bail of £999. All funds raised will go towards the vital care that Helen & Douglas House provides for terminally ill children and their families from Oxfordshire and surrounding counties.

Participants L to R – Nick Wilkinson, Mike Foster, Daren Elsey, Neil Holdstock, Chris Atkins

Nicola Wilson, Corporate New Business Development Manager at Helen & Douglas House, said: “We are so excited about this event; we have a group of great sports who are being ‘arrested’ for their ‘crimes’ and we look forward to seeing how much they can raise on the day. We can’t thank them enough for their time and I urge all their friends, families and colleagues to donate enough to release them and help our amazing children’s hospice.

“We need to raise £3 million every year to fund the hospice and this cannot be achieved without the generous support of the public. We couldn’t have hoped for a better venue for the event too! Check out Facebook Live at 2pm to see how our prisoners are coping behind bars”.

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Chris Abbott, General Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison added: “We are delighted that Oxford Castle & Prison can provide a very fitting backdrop to this unique fundraising event. We look forward to welcoming the rabble of inmates into our building to raise lots of money for a very good cause.”

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