Eight local business "convicts" raise thousands for Rowcroft Hospice

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Rowcroft’s annual fundraising event, Jail or Bail took place on Thursday 25 April and brought together local business men and women to raise an incredible £6,673 for the South Devon hospice.

The local “convicts” stood accused by their colleagues of such work place crimes as “possession and over-eating of pasties”, “murder on the dance floor” and “crimes against Lycra.”

The local business people who took part included: Maddison Turvey from Jelf, Tim Godfrey from Bishop Fleming, Jon Spink from Lackfords Debt Agency, Tom Bragagnolo from Riviera Insurance, Leanne Taylor from Escape Rooms, Angela George from IMS Marketing and Torbay Business Forum, Scott Thomas from Interline in Paignton, and Paul Beatty from APH Heating Company.

The eight convicts were sent to the courtroom in Rowcroft’s Rainbow House, where they had to stand trial in front of a judge, Rowcroft Trustee Richard Ward, and were later sentenced and imprisoned. The wrongdoers then had until 5pm to fundraise their way to freedom using their mobile phones and social media channels.

Rowcroft’s Community and Corporate Fundraising Manager, Alison Upton said, “We all had a fantastic day, and we’re so grateful to our wonderful ‘convicts’ for giving up so much of their time. It was fabulous to have the support of the local police and South Devon businesses who were raising vital funds for the hospice.”

Rowcroft’s fundraising events are a vital way of generating the income needed to help provide care for over 2,000 patients and families during the hardest days imaginable. Last year it cost £8.3 million to provide Rowcroft’s services. As an independent charity, more than 70% of the hospice’s funding comes from the incredible generosity of local people, without whom Rowcroft would not be able to fund its work.

Tim Godfrey, Partner at Bishop Fleming raised an impressive £1,370. Tim said: “It was a real privilege to be asked and to take part in this year’s Jail or Bail event for Rowcroft and a big thank you to all who kindly donated to get me out of jail. I was inspired to take part as a result of the superb work of the Rowcroft staff supporting over 2000 patients both in the Inpatient Unit and in patients’ homes across the wider community.

“A lot of people have their lives touched or know of someone who has experienced a life-limiting illness. Knowing that they or their loved ones receive the level of care and compassion that the team at Rowcroft provide is essential in helping them to get through those dark times.”

Rowcroft is currently looking for people to organise a Big Bake to support local people this June – a great excuse to get together with friends and family and raise some dough! Find out more at www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/rowcroft-events/big-bake/

To see more of our forthcoming fundraising events, visit www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk

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