SEVEN familiar faces from across Woodbridge are preparing to go ‘on the run’ as part of a charity fundraiser for Home-Start East Ipswich and Coastal.
The chosen convicts – which include Cherry Tree landlord Andy Thompson and Chairman of Suffolk Coastal District Council Susan Harvey – will each have to raise £500 bail to be ‘released’ from the Jail & Bail activity on Friday 11th March.
Each ‘prisoner’ will be arrested by police specials from an area of the Woodbridge Thoroughfare between 10am and Midday. They will then be taken to the Shire Hall, where the summary of their alleged crime will be heard and judged by Stephen Foster from BBC Radio Suffolk.
Tara Somers, Scheme Manager for Home-Start, said: “This is the second year we’ve put on a Jail & Bail event, following really positive feedback and an impressive level of fundraising last year.
“Each of our prisoners has already started individually fundraising for their bail money through social media or their own immediate contacts. We hope the public will turn out on the day and will go online to donate through our website.”
The full line-up of convicts for the event are:
Andy Thompson, landlord of The Cherry Tree pub in Woodbridge
Susan Harvey, Chairman of Suffolk Coastal District Council
Josh Sayles, Mayor of Woodbridge
Ian O’Brien Baker, Deben Rotary Club President
Judith Shallow, High Sheriff
Judi Newman, Armstrong Energy Global Foundation
Graham Watson, Director of Suffolk Foundation
Susan Harvey said of her involvement: “Home-Start is a great charity, which does so much for people in our community, so I’m really pleased to be getting involved in this activity and helping to raise money to enable the scheme to continue its good work.”
Josh Sayles added: “I’ve known about Home-Start and supported them for several years. They make a huge difference to the lives of families so the Jail & Bail is a great way to help their cause.”
Andy Thompson said: “Before being approached about the event, I had no idea the extent of the projects which Home-Start delivers in this area, so I’m really pleased to be doing my small part not only to raise money, but to spread awareness among the public about what the charity does and who it serves.”
Home-Start exists to help families with small children to ‘get back to their feet’ in times of difficulty. In Suffolk’s coastal area, it has helped nearly 1000 such families in the last 16 years.
The Jail & Bail event takes place between 10am and 12noon on Friday 11th March in Woodbridge Thoroughfare.
For more information about how Home-Start East Ipswich and Coastal can help families, or to volunteer, please contact 01473 621104.