Saturday, 4 July 2015

Arrested and sent to Jail

Hey my lovelies
Today my post is all about jail, judges and handcuffs!! No its not the start of the next Mr Grey but my contribution to an amazing local charity campaign!
Let me set the scene, it was a cold December morning and I was doing my “caring caretaker sit out” shift. Every year David Boyle a local man with a huge heart does a sit out the month of December in our local town from morning till evening through rain, snow and hail all in aid of some amazing charities. Unfortunately Davey had to bring in volunteers to help due to ill health and I was only too happy to help out. Davey asked me to get involved in this years “Jail and Bail Campaign”. This is where members of the public get “arrested” and have to raise bail money to stay out of jail. Boiler suits, handcuffs and policemen I was sold!!
February came and the campaign was launched, my bail was set at £500 and I had until June to complete it then hand myself over to the judge.
I decided I needed to do a few things, one being a big raffle. Anyone who knows me knows I love hosting a good raffle and I was very lucky to get amazing prizes from the following companies. I will never say enough thanks to them for their support.
Excuse Harlequin!!!

Check out the amazing companies below and go see what they have to offer.
Wet n Wild hamper Wet n Wild
2hr clean from Shauna Clohessey
Bella Mia Jewellery Set BellaMia
Handmade clutch bag Fiona Fiona McToal Millinery
Massage from Brian Mahon Brian 
Wedding Room Voucher The Wedding Room
Room 2 race voucher Room 2 Race
Clc one month membership CLC
Bellisle spa treatment Bellisle
Energie fitness one month membership Energie
Heart and home jewellery holder  Heart and Home
£100 photobooth voucher Beatz Entertainment Beatz
Gel Polish Trim Tone Tan Trim Tone Tan
£10 Moores Voucher Moores
£10 Whitehouse Voucher Whitehouse
Blow Dry Victoria Hairdressing Victoria Hairdressing
L’Oreal Hair Oil Victoria Hairdressing
L’Oreal Gift Set Victoria Hairdressing
Top Meats Voucher Top Meats
Reed Diffuser from Dixons Coleraine Dixons
Coleraine Castles Bouncy Castle Hire 0745170033
Bob n Berts Voucher Bob n Berts
Traceys Treats Voucher Tracey
2 hand painted glasses by Lilas 07863343565
Triangle Castles Voucher Darren
T Sports Voucher Tsports
Bodyshop Gift set
2x £25 Meal Voucher Andy Frankie and Bennys Coleraine Restaurant
McDonalds Vouchers
Slendertoxtea Detox Tea  Site
Seascape Gifts Seascape
Shenanigans Meal Voucher Shenanigans
Rayanne Beauty Voucher Rayannes
Paul Logan Tennis Voucher Paul
Seriously Juicy NI kindly offered a 3 day juice detox and I decided to offer this as an auction prize.  Reports from the winner were amazing, definitely something I am thinking about trying. Go check them out Seriously Juicy
So I knew I needed to get the word out about the raffle and auction so I took to facebook and twitter. I also decided to hold a girls night in mine and I would like to thank Brian Mahon and Sharon Collins Kyle for being the massage therapists for the night and Kirsty from Flawless Beauty for doing Gel Polish on the night. Thanks to my wonderful girlies for all their support that night!!
The event was fab and between the auction, girls night, raffle and sponsorship, I was able to raise £560 which I was thrilled about.
So Saturday 13th June came around, and I slipped into my gorgeous boiler suit and headed to my church to get sentenced and hand my bail money in. The PSNI support this cause every year and without them it wouldn’t be as big a success as it is. All of the prisoners were individually handcuffed and led up to the judge in waiting, who then grilled me as to how I raised the money and asked could he get an invite to the next girls night!
We then were released and waited on everyone else to submit bail. We were then paraded around Coleraine town centre with police in tow on a busy Saturday afternoon.
Overall it was a fantastic experience and the money I raised goes into Daveys yearly fund to get split between the following charities
Menengitis Research Foundation
Childrens Heartbeat Trust
Robinson Hospital
Children to Lapland Trust
Willies Orphan Fund
A special little mention has to go to Andy the manager from Coleraine Frankie and Bennys, he offered to bring pizzas down to all the inmates on the day of sentencing but the judge let us go early!!  I was truly overwhelmed by the generosity of all my friends, and companies who supported me, without you all I couldn’t have contributed to this amazing cause.
Please go check out all of the above companies and charities and if you fancy getting involved next year let me know and I will pass on details to Davey.
Once again thank you, you all know how much my charity work means to me, the boilersuit is in the bin and my wrists have recovered from the cuffs!!
Ali xxxxxx


  1. What a great idea for raising money! And well done you on raising so much <3

    Jess xo
    via the #bbloggers chat

  2. This was such a cool idea! Sounds like fun :)

  3. What an amazing way to raise money! “Getting arrested” and then sent to jail puts a new spin to donating to your favorite charities. It is amazing that you were able to obtain sponsorships, raise your bail bond money, and then do giveaways and auctions. I will organize this in my hometown!

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