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'Prisoners' freed after raising over £14,000 for St' Luke's Hospice

Members of the community willingly lined up outside the Police station to get arrested to raise money for charity

Twelve local community members were locked up in aid of St. Luke's Hospice for this years Jail and Bail event last Friday (March 27) at Pinner Police Station.

Each detainee had to raise a minimum of £1,000 in order to be granted bail and leave the confines of their prison cell.

Cllr Kiran Ramchandani, arrested for begging said: "I was delighted to take part in St Luke's Jail and Bail event.

“I've seen the benefits that St Luke's brings to many patients and their families and I'm always pleased to fundraise for such a great cause. I've taken part in the Midnight Walk before and I hope lots of women sign up for it this year.”

The naughty prisoners locked up for a variety of nefarious deeds included:

  • Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East
  • Asif Iqbal MBE, President of Harrow United Deaf Club
  • Cllr Manji Kara, Belmont Ward
  • Kailash Kerai, Vice President of Shree Kutch Leva Patel Community
  • Trevor Maxwell, RBS Support Team Leader
  • Krishna Pujara, Community Activist
  • Robin Webb, Chief Executive of St Luke’s Hospice
  • Sarojini Patel, Neighbourhood Champion & Member of Wealdstone Active Community
  • Ros Scott, St Luke’s Volunteer
  • Cllr Krishna Suresh, Deputy Mayor of Harrow (Rayners Lane Ward).
  • Cllr Ameet Jogia, Canons Ward
  • Cllr Kiran Ramchandani, Queensbury Ward

Chief Executive of St Luke’s Hospice, Robin Webb, arrested for urinating outside of a pub, said: “It sounded like a great idea at the time, sit in a police station with some other St Luke’s supporters, drink coffee, phone a few friends to sponsor me, pose for a few photos and job done! But it wasn’t quite that easy!

“Once processed we were ushered into a communal cell – fortunately I was allowed to keep my mobile phone as at the time of my arrest I’d only managed to collect £750 towards my £1,000 bail money and several other prisoners were also frantically sending texts, emails and making calls trying to persuade friends and colleagues to stump up donations towards their bail.

“I even heard a rumour that some people were pledging money to keep me in!”

St Luke's Hospice relies on events like this in order to raise £3.5m each year to provide its services for free to support people with a terminal illness and their families.

St Luke's would like to thank the Mahavir Foundation who arrived on the day to give a cheque for £750 to Cllr Krishna Suresh for his bail money and the local Subway branch who gave a special deal for food platters for everyone.

If you would like to take part in a fundraising event for St Luke's, you can sign up for their upcoming Midnight Walk on Friday June 26.

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