Cancercare’s annual Jail and Bail fundraiser has already hit its £16,000 target just a day after 16 business people were locked up at Lancaster Castle.
The inmates were booked and handcuffed, their personal items bagged and mug shots and fingerprints taken.
They were then locked in the old ‘C’ Cells in the castle, where they had to call their friends and contacts to raise a minimum of £500 “bail” for local cancer support.
Helen Hartin, community fundraiser for CancerCare said: “Today has not only been a fantastic success for the charity but also a lot of fun with our inmates and their arresting officers really getting into the spirit of the event.
“They have raised far in excess of their £500 bail – and to have raised so much money for the charity, not least in the current financial climate, is a superb achievement.”
One of the inmates, Lynn Bruce, took part in memory of her daughter Galen. Galen was just 40 when she lost her battle to cancer leaving two small children.
Galen went to CancerCare’s therapeutic jewellery making group, which is just one of many support services which CancerCare provides to local cancer patients.
Anyone still wishing to contribute to the event can do so at www.justgiving.com/cancercare and search for their friend’s name.