Arresting experience on offer to raise Hospice cash - The Worcester Observer

Arresting experience on offer to raise Hospice cash

Worcester Editorial 22nd Aug, 2020   0

EMPLOYEES, pupils and budding sports stars are being invited to ‘lock up their boss, teacher or coach’ for a light-hearted fund-raising challenge in support of St Richard’s Hospice.

Detainees from across the county will be handcuffed outside the hospice in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, on Saturday, September 26 – and tasked with raising £500 in bail money for their freedom.

Among those signed-up for the challenge is Philip Serrell, local auctioneer and TV personality from shows such as BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip. Mr Serrell is a patron of St Richard’s Hospice.

“I’m looking forward to being ‘locked up’ this September and raising money for a cause which is very dear to my heart. As a patron of St Richard’s, I know all too well the challenges the team are facing because of Covid-19 and I also know how determined they are to ensure patients and their loved ones still have the best care possible,” said Mr Serrell.

“So why not nominate your boss, teacher or coach to join me this September? It’ll be great fun, helping making a difference for a really special local charity,” he added.

Also signed-up to take part is former Worcester Warrior and England 7s player, Nick Baxter.

Ria Simons, hospice fund-raiser, said: “This is set to be another fantastic challenge in support of our care and we can’t wait to see all the detainees raising money outside St Richard’s; the heart of our organisation.

On the day, each detainee will be ‘taken into custody’ at 10am where their mug shot and finger prints will be taken.

Then, they will ‘stand trial’ for their fictitious crime before being handcuffed outside the hospice.

Participants will be challenged to call on friends, family and colleagues to raise their bail by 3pm. It is hoped each person will raise £500 or more.

All the money raised on the day will help St Richard’s Hospice continue its free care to patients living with serious, progressive illnesses, their loved ones and bereaved people across Worcestershire.

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