A group of 11 Torbay business people have become Rowcroft jail birds taking part in its annual fundraising event ‘Jail or Bail’.

Jim Parker, editor of the Torbay WeeklyJim Parker, editor of the Torbay Weekly

The local ‘convicts’ will be facing fictitious trials online on Wednesday, September 30, to raise vital funds for the local hospice.

In this fun and light-hearted fundraising initiative, the local ‘convicts’ have been placed under house arrest, accused by their colleagues of such workplace crimes as ‘impersonating an elf’, ‘crimes against Lycra’ and ‘actual bodily charm’!

The business people taking part include Stephen Reynolds, chair at Torbay Business Forum; Jim Parker, editor of the new Torbay Weekly and business development manager with Wollens Solicitors; Natalie Cash, operations director at Finish Electrical; Andrew Price, owner of Andrew Price and Co Chartered Accountants; Amy Bennett, head of litigation and enforcement at Lackfords Debt Recovery; John Renton, brand manager at Big Ant Group and Naked Ant Design; James Arnold, co-founder of Bay Deliveries; Sue Halfyard, associate and chartered legal executive at Tozers Solicitors; Simon Crawshay, director of Torbay Clearance; Robert Haylor, managing director of Boost Digital Media Ltd and owner of Boost Torbay; and Tom Bragagnolo, account executive at Riviera Insurance Services.

Lisa Whittaker, Rowcroft’s corporate fundraising manager, said: “We are delighted to have the support of such fantastic local business people for our event this year. A huge thank you to all of our convicts for supporting Rowcroft at this time.”

Natalie Cash, operations director at Finish ElectricalNatalie Cash, operations director at Finish Electrical

The 11 convicts will stand trial and receive their sentences from Judge Richard Ward, also a Rowcroft trustee.

The wrongdoers have until 5pm on Wednesday, September 30, to fundraise their way to freedom using their mobile phones and social media channels.

Money raised will go to Rowcroft Hospice, helping the charity to care for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families across South Devon.

Jim Parker, editor of Torbay Weekly and business development manager with Wollens Solicitors said, “It was a real honour and privilege to be asked to take part in this fundraising event. Rowcroft does such an incredible service and I know times have been especially tough with all the current, unprecedented challenges. I’m keen to help in any way I can.”

John Renton, brand manager for the Big Ant Group and Naked Ant Design said: “This amazing charity is so loved by the people of Torbay and if I can raise some awareness, donations and have fun supporting them, it will be an honour to take part in this year’s Jail or Bail event.”

Natalie Cash from Finish Electrical said: “Rowcroft provides such amazing support to adults living with life-limiting illnesses. Having seen first-hand the care given to my dad,

“I am so pleased to be able to help them to continue supporting others who need it. When faced with the most difficult times in your life, the amazing staff are there for you all, not just the patient who is in their care. We were so very lucky to have the services of Rowcroft.”

To support these local jailbirds in raising crucial funds for Rowcroft Hospice, or to find out more about Rowcroft’s other forthcoming fundraising events, please visit www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/events