Fundraising Felons Jailed for charity

Staff at companies in Ipswich were shocked today to see their bosses arrested in aid of Home-Start East Suffolk.

Michelle Butler from Capita mortgages said I think my boss Mark was wondering what he had let himself in for. The whole office were awaiting his arrest and I had strict instructions to obtain video and photo evidence. This is a great cause and a bit of fun along the way!”

The host of likely offenders, who were arrested for crimes such as stealing and embezzling their daughter’s egg money and trafficking wonky vegetables, were taken in for questioning on the Cornhill in Ipswich by Suffolk Police specials, where they were tried and found guilty of their spurious crimes by Judge, BBC Radio Suffolk’s Stephen Foster.

The team of seven Jailbirds were allowed to keep hold of their mobiles to call friends and family to raise their bail, which was set at £500.They also had the opportunity to raise the required funds via a My donate site

The line up of convicts included;

Andrew Rowe – Concertus Design & Property Consultants
Chris Cumberbatch – Marshall Hatchick Solicitors
Helen Clarkson – Home-Start East Suffolk
Mischa Pearson & Kath Gosling – The Teapot Project
Mark Davies – Capita Mortgages Ltd
Greg Cooper – Beer and Co

The participants raised an impressive total of £3,833 and are still continuing to raise more. Their discomfort was rewarded by post event hospitality very kindly donated by Vincent and Pat Wing Cheung at Aqua Eight.

Ella Heeney Community Fundraiser said of the event “Every year I am delighted at how everyone gets into the spirit of things! The event has been a great success, but it is only possible because of those who agree to be arrested. I cannot thank them enough. I would like to especially thank the Police Specials who have done a fabulous job, and Aqua Eight, who provided us with some sublime drinks and Asian fusion canapes”

Anyone who is interested in hearing more about the work of the charity can contact Home-Start on 01473 621104 or