Nine business leaders across Portsmouth are to be arrested in public by an off-duty Police officer in uniform, in a bid to raise money for The Rainbow Centre. The event, which is taking place on 26 July from 10am, will see all nine fundraisers photographed and thrown into a ‘mock jail’ at the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson on Portsdown Hill, near Fareham.

Prisoners will be charged before being locked up and will each be tasked with raising £500 in order to be released. A town crier will be on hand at all ‘arrests’ to ensure the public is aware the event is for charity and not a genuine criminal arrest. Once the money has been raised, inmates will be released and treated to a champagne buffet lunch. Press are invited to visit the jail from 12 noon where they can conduct interviews with inmates and capture the excitement on camera.

Sarah Lake, Event Fundraiser at The Rainbow Centre, said: “We have had fantastic support for the Jail & Bail so far. We have some great business people lined up who are happy to be handcuffed in the name of charity! We want to say thank you to Lucketts who have donated a coach for us to transport the prisoners and a special thanks to the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson for letting us use their Victorian barracks. We are looking forward to locking up Portsmouth’s finest – but promise not to throw away the key!”

Fort Nelson Operations Manager, Nigel Hosier, said: “Everyone at Fort Nelson is delighted to be hosting this event as our Victorian Fort is an ideal venue, complete with underground tunnels and drawbridge. We hope it proves a huge success and raises much-needed funds for this very worthwhile local charity, which inspires and supports so many.”

Paul Barringer, Group Sales and Marketing Director added, “Lucketts Travel is delighted to provide The Rainbow Centre with transportation for its Jail & Bail event. As a family firm we always like to get involved with worthwhile events in our local community and are pleased we have been able to use our expertise to help others raise money for good causes.”
Bail money can be raised in advance by visiting the Rainbow Centre’s Rogues Gallery page (please see link below). All money raised will go towards the charity’s unique form of positive learning called Conductive Education which develops new neurological pathways to undamaged parts of the brain. At present the charity works with 55 children and 34 adults who travel from all over the South East to utilise the services available.

For more information please contact Sarah Lake at The Rainbow Centre on 01329 289500 or email sarahl@rainbowcentre.org.

To donate, please visit – www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/jailandbailjuly2013

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Notes to Editors

The Rainbow Centre uses a unique form of positive learning which develops new neurological pathways to undamaged parts of the brain. This system of ‘Conductive Education’ approaches motor disability from an educational perspective and encourages individuals to master their environment rather than adapting to it.

For more information about the Rainbow Centre and to see their calendar of events visit, www.rainbowcentre.org

For further information, please contact Julie Dean or Sarah Hartland on 02380 382970 or sarah.hartland@grayling.com

Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson houses the national collection of big guns and artillery. It has recently undergone a major refurbishment, with new galleries and a state-of-the-art education centre. The £3.5m project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. For more information visit www.royalarmouries.org

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