A Portishead vicar will be one of eight local business and community leaders thrown in “jail” on Friday in support of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). The Revd Rob Eastwood-Dewing, Team Rector of Portishead, will remain behind bars until he has raised the £999 “bail” that will secure his release. He stands accused of committing the entirely fictitious crime of “attention seeking behaviour”.
Rob says: “I stand accused of attention seeking behaviour, particularly on Sundays, and stand guilty as charged. I’m hoping my friends, family and colleagues can be generous enough to pledge money to secure my release.
“Behind this fun community event is a serious fundraising campaign. Children’s Hospice South West provides hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family across the South West. I’m delighted to be taking part and encourage anyone who knows me to generously donate to secure my release and support this wonderful cause in the process.”
CHSW Corporate Fundraiser, Janey Hellmen, says: “Children’s Hospice South West is dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives, providing the best possible hospice care for life-limited children and their families. It is the only children’s hospice in the South West and relies heavily on voluntary contributions. We’re very grateful to Rob and the other prisoners who have sportingly given up their time to support us. Let’s hope they can all get out in good time!”