THREE police officers and a school teacher have completed a tour of England’s police cells to raise money for a schoolgirl with a rare condition.
The quirky three-day fundraising drive saw High Tunstall College of Science assistant headteacher Lee Chapman handcuffed and taken to a police station in each of the country’s 43 force areas by Sergeant Dave Halliday, PC Lorene Haworth and PC Keith Robinson, of Cleveland Police.
The 1,500-mile, three-day drive, stretching from Northumbria to Devon and Cornwall, was organised to support the Save a Hart campaign, which aims to raise £30,000 to send High Tunstall student Georgia Hart to America for pioneering treatment.
The 16-year-old suffers from Freidreich’s Ataxia, a progressive disease which attacks and damages the central nervous system, resulting in co-ordination and balance problems, painful curvature of the spine and severe fatigue.
A very tired Sergeant Halliday told the Mail: “We did it and we’re very happy but very tired. It will take a few days for our body clocks to get back to normal but it’ll all be worth it if people donate to this very special cause.
“Our success will be measured by how much money we raise for Georgia.
“We need one final push to ask individuals and businesses to recognise our achievement and dig deep to help fund Georgia’s future medical costs.
“We must stress that every penny we raise is for Georgia, we don’t benefit in any way at all.”
He added: “It was a very tough challenge, there was no sight-seeing or coffee breaks or anything like that.
“The car was moving all the time and there was no stops at travel lodges for coffee or anything.
“We took turns driving to allow for a bit of recovery time but by and large if you weren’t driving you were involved in getting in touch with the next stations to say we were coming.
“It is something that we’ll all never forget and we just hope it raises enough cash to go into Georgia’s fund.”
Mr Chapman was dressed in traditional prisoner outfit as he was led away in front of students at the school who had no idea which teacher was going to be arrested for the fundraiser, called Jailed 4 Georgia. To donate visit www.shareagift.com/pages/giftpage.aspx?giftid=4072.
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