Charity jailbreak in Berkhamsted raises charity cash
PUBLISHED: 13:39 15 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:18 20 February 2013
ReachOut Plus - a charity based in St Albans which works with young and disabled people throughout Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire - hosted a charity jailbreak in the old courthouse at Berkhamsted
ReachOut Plus a charity based in St Albans which works with young and disabled people throughout Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire hosted a charity jailbreak in the old courthouse at Berkhamsted on May 26.
Six convicts, masquerading as local citizens, were armed with nothing more sinister than their mobile phones and their address books. The prisoners could not be released from their 'cell' in the old courthouse until they had each raised at least 500 for the work of the charity.
The event was highly successful,, a lot of fun and has already raised a total of more than 6,000 with perhaps more to come.
Those convicted by the charitys cause were the new Mayor of Dacorum, Councillor Roger Taylor; Mark Dawe, Principal of Oaklands College; Simon George, Managing Director of the Hertfordshire Business Independent; Victoria Hewitt of Scott and Hewitt marketing; Mike Meldrum of Mortgage Mine; and Catherine Farrell of Midas Appeals.
They were all dressed up in convict clothes and supervised by the High Sherriff of Hertfordshire, Gerald Corbett, in full regalia and complete with sword, and by Ron Overton, Director of the Charity, who was dressed as a policeman for the day.
ReachOut Plus provides a wide range of support services, including aboard its small fleet of fully accessible canal boats on the Grand Union canal, based in Nash Mills. The charity also runs a residential youth centre set in stunning countryside in Chellington North Bedfordshire.
In August this year, part-funded by Children in Need and the Childwick Trust, ReachOut Plus will launch Circles of Support, an exciting new community support service for young people with learning disabilities and associated physical disabilities. Stage 1 of the programme will work with 25 young people andmore than100 young volunteers across Bedfordshire. The charity hopes to launch a second stage project to provide a similar service in Bedfordshire in 2011.
Ron Overton, Director of the Charity said, 'We are enormously grateful for the commitment of our distinguished prisoners for this fantastic event which was a lot of fun and raised much needed funds to provide vital services for young people with disabilities across Hertfordshire.'