Most people would rather be many other places on a cold winter’s evening than in a police cell, but not Jersey mum Liz Richardson.
In fact, Liz asked if she could spend the night behind bars at Police Headquarters .. to raise money for charity.
Usually this opportunity is only reserved for those under arrest but officers agreed to give Liz a bed for the night as a one-off to help raise funds for Anthony Nolan.
Liz said: “People have told me that I am mad and having had a tour of the cells I am beginning to think they may be right. I don’t think I am going to have the best night’s sleep but it is a great way to raise money for a really worthwhile charity.”
Liz has requested an accurate experience of life in custody so will be walked into the custody suite in handcuffs to be presented to the Custody Sergeant who will go the procedures followed on a detainees arrival including the details recorded, the items and clothing taken from them before they are placed in a cell and the welfare and health checks that are carried out.
She will then be escorted to her cell to spend the night 'at Her Majesty's pleasure'.
Custody Inspector Sarah Henderson said: “This is a first for us to be asked if someone can spend the night in the cells. Liz will be treated in the same way as any other person visiting the cells and won’t be afforded any privileges or luxuries to ensure her stay with us was as realistic as possible.
“It is a pleasure to support such a worthy charity and I trust that this is the last night Liz will spend behind bars!"
You can donate to the charity a number of ways, not forgetting to add Liz’s name to your donation, they are –
2. Through the bank account: sort code: 60-12-03; account number 71219366.
3. By sending a cheque made payable to the Jersey Friends of Anthony Nolan to: 2, Ivy Close, La Rue de la Croix, St Ouen, JE3 2HA.
People can also help the charity by joining up to the donor register. For thousands of people with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, a bone marrow transplant is their only chance of survival. By joining the Anthony Nolan register, you could give them that chance.
Aged 16 to 30, weigh over 50kg (7st 12lbs) and in good health?
Then become a potential bone marrow donor - all you need to do is spit in a tube.
Jersey Friends of Anthony Nolan are recruiting potential donors at St James' Centre in Le Breton Lane (behind the church building) on Friday 29th November - between 3.30pm and 6.00pm.