Tenovus Cancer Care's North Wales 'Lock Up' is a huge success
On Saturday 9 March, 24 brave ‘inmates’ took part in a sponsored ‘Lock-Up’ at Mold Police Station to raise funds for cancer patients and their families in the community.
North Wales Police Chief Constable Carl Foulkes and North Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood AM were amongst the individuals experiencing what life is like for prisoners on the wrong side of the bars, whilst raising money for Wales’ leading cancer charity.
During the event, prisoners had their fingerprints and mug shots taken, wore prison clothing and had all home comforts taken from them, including their mobile phones.
They were questioned by the police officers for “made-up” charges, fed microwaved prison food and put through their paces in the dingy exercise yard at the station.
It was up to individuals to entertain themselves however, all participants were moved around the cells to get meet the other prisoners throughout the evening.
Prisoners were put into cells at Mold Police station by officers and staff who had all volunteered their time for the event.
Debbie Rowley, Tenovus Cancer Care Regional Fundraising Manager North Wales, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made our very first North Wales Lock Up a massive success. All prisoners raised bail and were set free and the total currently stands at £7,800 with more donations still coming through. I’d like to thank North Wales Police and the Police Cadets for all their hard work, we really couldn’t have run this event without them. We’re overwhelmed with the response we’ve had to this event and we’re always looking for new supporters, so please get in touch if you can help.”
PS 1679 Gill Lehrle, said: “Having been critically ill with cancer myself in 2010 I was very excited, if not a little daunted, to be asked to organise the first ever North Wales Police Lock Up event. I would like to thank Debbie from Tenovus Cancer Care for her support but most importantly I would like to thank my colleagues and the cadets who kindly volunteered their time to staff the event. Saturday nights off are few and far between so to spend it in the cells running round after 24 detainees may not have been the most enticing invitation. However, the prisoners were a delightful bunch and we all very much enjoyed the evening. I'd like to dip my hat to the Chief Constable, whom received no preferential treatment whatsoever. In fact we may have given him a slightly harder time than was strictly necessary. All in the name of a fantastic cause".
The money raised from this event will help keep the charity’s services running. This means that the charity’s Cancer Support Advisors can continue to offer free financial advice, its Sing with Us Choirs can continue to provide support with a difference and nurses are just a phone call away, 365 days a year, for anyone affected by cancer.