Last week, Naomi House https://www.naomihouse.org.uk& Jacksplace challenged supporters to have their boss imprisoned for charity, only to be released when they raised bail of £999.
The ‘Jail & Bail’ event featured two prisoners that were banished to the ‘cells’ in the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane’s Parlour, including Guy Wright, Director at Freestyle IT and Paul Morgan, Director of Fundraising at Naomi House & Jacksplace.
Guy and Paul were held from 10am and were faced with a number of forfeits throughout the day, including having a cream pie thrown in their face, cracking eggs on their heads and eating as many cream crackers as possible in one minute. Safe to say, it was a very messy affair…
My team at Freestyle IT talked me into taking on this challenge for our Charity of the Year. I was appalled by the crime that I was falsely accused of by my team and I’m glad I got the opportunity to prove my innocence. Thank you so much to everyone who helped me exceed my original target and raise £1,375. I would encourage others to take part in this event and support such a worthwhile cause next year!
Guy exceeded his fundraising target by over £300, and his total would be enough to fund a party for the life limited and life threatened young adults at Jacksplace.
The ‘Judge’ for the day was the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr Seán Keating, who said:
It was a pleasure to host the Naomi House Jail and Bail fundraising event. Everyone had fun, there was much laughter in the Parlour and it was all for an excellent charity.
Paul Morgan, Director of Fundraising at the hospices, said:
Jail & Bail was a moment of frivolous fun for teams of all sizes. None of my team had alerted me to the forfeits that were staggered throughout the day – supposedly to encourage us to hit our target of £999. The support from the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, together with the Hampshire Constabulary and all those who tweeted, messaged and donated was magnificent. Truly a fun fundraiser with a difference that gets the whole team involved!
The event raised more than £2,000 to support life limited and life threatened children and young adults at Naomi House & Jacksplace. The charity has announced that Jail & Bail will return in 2020, giving more employees the opportunity to get their own back on their bosses!
If you work for a company who is looking to raise money for Naomi House & Jacksplace, visit the website here