Accountant Helen Drew was thrown in jail - but has restored her dignity by raising bail of over £500 from clients, friends and associates.
She handed over the cash not to Kidderminster Magistrates but to the town’s Kemp Hospice.
Helen, a partner with accountants and business advisers Horwath Clark Whitehill in Kidderminster, was among several of the town’s leading personalities who raised more than £5,000 for Kemp Hospice by being locked up in a makeshift jail for the morning.
The ‘criminals’ were locked in an empty shop in the Rowland Hill Centre and held there until they raised enough bail money to be released.
Helen was ‘arrested’ at the Horwath Clark Whitehill offices and paraded through the town centre. Once under lock and key she had to use her mobile phone to call clients, friends, and colleagues to raise £250 but managed to reach double that target.
Event organiser, Beth Hillyard of Kemp Hospice, said: “All the participants including Helen put up well over their required bail and helped us raise the profile of the hospice in the local community.
“We are grateful to West Mercia Police for providing a Community Support Officer to help with the arrests.”
Helen said: “They are such a fine organisation and do play such an important part in our local community that I don’t regret serving time for them.”