Lee’s hard cell to help Georgia

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POLICE marched into a school and arrested an assistant headteacher teacher this morning – who is now on his way to being locked up in 43 police cells across the country.

But there was no reason for concern, as the arrest was just the start of a quirky three-day fundraising drive.

It was no normal start to the school day for High Tunstall College of Science assistant headteacher Lee Chapman, when the handcuffs were put on and he was led away.

Now he is being taken to the cells of 43 police forces 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.

Mr Chapman was dressed in traditional prisoner outfit as he was led away this morning – in front of students at the school who had no idea which teacher was going to be arrested until today for the fundraiser, called Jailed 4 Georgia.

Sgt Halliday said: “This drive is about raising as much money as possible for a girl who needs our help and I would urge anyone who hasn’t donated to do so.

“Fifteen-hundred miles over three days is no mean feat and in uncertain weather conditions it may prove difficult – but we are determined and dedicated to help get Georgia to America.”

There’s still the chance for people to support Mr Chapman and the officers, who have used their own time to take part and gather sponsorship.

For more information, join the Jailed 4 Georgia Facebook and Twitter pages and to donate visit www.shareagift.com/pages/giftpage.aspx?giftid=4072.