Police were called into action when some well-known faces in Ely found themselves on the wrong side of the law – but all in the name of charity.
More than £3,500 has been raised for Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals thanks to six brave souls who volunteered to take part in a ‘Jail and Bail’ charity event organised by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) today (Friday).
Each volunteer found themselves in the embarrassing situation of being slapped into handcuffs and led away to a waiting police vehicle in front of friends and colleagues.
Police swooped on the reprobates and brought them to Poets House hotel in Ely, where they were locked away before having their fingerprints and mugshots taken, as well as enjoying breakfast, until they had raised bail money totalling £500 or more before being returned to work.
Among the list of charges were ‘Causing mass GBH – good body health’, ‘wearing lycra whilst in the office’ and over use of the phrase “leave it with me!”
Officers from the Special Constabulary were out making the arrests at venues across the city:
• Matthew Bradney from The Atrium Club
• John Thorogood from Ward, Gethin, Archer
• Rod Garnham from Corkers Crisps
• Katie Rollings from PA Answer
• John Merry from Thorlabs
• Ian Westwood from Tesco
Mr Bradney said: “What a weird experience! I’m glad I haven’t been through that for real! I love the unique way of raising money for such a worthwhile charity, that everyone in the area needs.”
And Mr Thorogood said: “Being part of the community since 1785, we are very pleased to support a local and very worthwhile charity and hope they manage to raise a lot of money from today’s arrests.”
Jo Pearson, community fundraising manager at ACT, said: “The fact that Jail and Bail has already raised more than £3,500 is amazing.
“These funds will help the hospital to support people and their families during their stay in Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals.
“Thank you to everyone who took part.”
To find out more about the ACT, call (01223) 217757, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.act4addenbrookes.org.uk.