A solicitor and a medical clerk were among those handcuffed, arrested and banged up at Ruislip police station today (Friday, October 3).
Inspector Rob Bryan of the Hillingdon North Neighbourhood Police team locked up five petty criminals in the cells at the station in The Oaks, Ruislip, and there was only one way to get out of jail - raise us much as possible in bail money.
The serious allegations against the five ranged from cat burglary to Facebook addiction - but the lock up was all part of Michael Sobell Hospice’s Jail and Bail fundraising event.
It makes up part of the hospice's Hospice Care Week awareness campaign. Those who took on the challenge were asked to raise as much money prior to the event and then spend time in the police cell with a mobile phone and a list of contacts until further cash was raised and they could be released on bail.
David Durn, a solicitor at David Durn & Co in High Street, Ruislip was locked up for crimes against fashion by wearing odd socks.
"I have had various friends and family who have unfortunately had to go to the hospice but have had great care there and it's an amazing local charity that we have always supported.
"As a solicitor, it was a novelty to be in the cells - rather than visiting someone there," he said.
Rachel Evans, from Ickenham, a retired Partner of Barnett Waddingham LLP in Amersham was locked up for Cat Burglary after looking after her friends’ cats and not giving them back.
She said: "I decided to participate in the Jail and Bail event because I wanted to do something to support the Hospice, which looked after my friend and colleague Nilesh Dodhia in 2008.
"I can’t do the very active type of fundraising events like sprinting 10K or bounding up Kilimanjaro because I have MS, so this event was perfect for me. I’d also heard that Ruislip police station was worth seeing - and who doesn’t have a soft spot for a man in uniform?!"
A Medical Records Clerk at Harefield Hospital, Natalie Hutton, who lives in Harefield, admitted she spent too much time on Facebook and was put in the cells for her social media addiction.
"I took part in this event on behalf of everyone who has been cared for by Michael Sobell Hospice and am looking to make people aware of how much hard works goes into MSH and how powerful the work they do there is.
"I’ve known of three very special people who were cared for at MSH and all the staff and volunteers made their stay more like a holiday. I just wanted to raise money for this superb charity and also raise awareness of all the fantastic work that they do."
Mrs Hutton recently got married and put off her honeymoon to Cyprus to make sure she was able to get thrown in the cells today.
They were joined by Lindsay O’ Callagham, who lives in Northwood and is owner of Atelier Hair & Wigs Hairdressers at Mount Vernon Hospital in Rickmansworth Road, Northwood - which provides for many of the hospice's patients.
She said she was locked up for a hair-raising altercation at her salon, which police were eager to get to the root of.
"I used to take part in the Ladies in the Night Walk for MSH but am no longer able to participate so I wanted to try something different instead so signed up for Jail & Bail," she said.
The hospice's very own director of income generation, Melanie Burfitt, from Eastcote, was arrested on suspicion of theft - for pinching someone's lunch from the hospice fridge.
"I am inspired every day by other fundraisers who go to great efforts to raise money for us, so I thought it was about time I did something to raise some funds too," she said.
After being handcuffed outside Michael Sobell Hospice in Northwood and taken in a police van to the police station - they were each fingerprinted and then photographed in one of the cells.
The amount raised so far in total by all five participants is over £3,000 with more money coming in.
Inspector Bryan said: "Michael Sobell Hospice does so much for people locally suffering from life-limiting illnesses and we the local police are proud to help their charitable endeavours whenever we can.
"Jail and Bail was a unique experience for those being banged up. Luckily they all raised some money so nobody was kept in a cell overnight."