Jail or Bail – Torbay’s finest on trial!

Rowcroft Hospice’s annual fundraising event ‘Jail or Bail’ will see six jail birds facing fictitious trials on Wednesday 23 February to raise vital funds for the hospice.

In this fun and light-hearted fundraising initiative, the local ‘convicts’ – key people from local businesses – have been placed under arrest, accused by their colleagues of such workplace crimes as ‘spending too much time on the telephone’, ‘being too nice’ or ‘being a senior member of lastminute dot com’!

Representing a range of local businesses and organisations including South Devon College, Big Ant Group, Torbay Weekly, Bettesworth Property Agents and Chartered Surveyors, Torbay Council and Wollens solicitors, the convicts will stand trial at Rowcroft Hospice when they will receive their sentences from Judge Richard Ward (a Rowcroft ambassador and former trustee).

Their punishments will include ‘yard time’ where will spend the day at the hospice helping out with odd jobs like cleaning, gardening and maintenance until their friends, family and colleagues  bail them out of jail by donating money to the hospice. The convicts have until 5pm to fundraise their way to freedom using their mobile phones and social media channels.

All of the funds raised by our jail breakers will help Rowcroft Hospice support local people living with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon.

What a fabulous bunch of fugitives we have lined up! Follow the links below NOW to donate money to help them to escape jail by Wednesday 23 February.


Christopher Linton

Partner at Wollens

Crime: Living in different time zones due to the geographical locations of clients!

“My jail break is a personal and professional challenge. The support that is given to families by the Rowcroft team is second to none, whether that is at home (by the Hospice at Home team) or in the hospice. As my work involves assisting families following the death of a loved one, I often work closely with the Rowcroft team and together we assist patients and their families through the darkest of times, enabling comfort in those final days. The staff provide this care with ease and the utmost professionalism. The team are passionate and work without barriers. Rowcroft not only supports Wollens’ clients but also touches the lives of many individuals and families throughout the local community. On a personal note, I have seen first-hand the support that they provide as members of my own family have been cared for.”

Donate to Christopher here


Andrew Barrand

Torbay Councillor

Crime: Senior member of lastminute.com!

“I’m taking part to help the much loved and admired organisation of Rowcroft, which helps so many people in their darkest hour. Rowcroft is such an amazing organisation that cares for so many people – both people with illness and their relatives, helping them cope and come to terms with the prognosis. As a supporter of Rowcroft, I just want to help raise much-needed funds so they can continue their amazing work in helping people.”

Donate to Andrew here


Chris Coward

Managing Director/Publisher at Torbay Weekly

Crime: Spending too much time on the telephone!

“I am raising money for Rowcroft’s 40th anniversary year in honour of a great family friend who died at the hospice. At Torbay Weekly, I am leading a campaign to raise funds for Rowcroft. As a youngster, two of my extended family were hospice nurses in Hull.”

Donate to Chris here


Emily Tucker

Head of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement at South Devon College

Crime: Always saying yes

“I can see Rowcroft is a great cause and it’s obvious Rowcroft means a lot in the community. I’m seeking to raise money to help make a difference. I’m looking forward to doing something fun and it will be nice to meet the other participants and do something sociable.”

Donate to Emily here


Daniela Hopkins

Growth Manager at Big Ant Group

Crime: Being too nice!

“Having worked at Rowcroft for seven years as a fundraising manager, it gave me a huge understanding of the impact that a hospice has on the lives of its patients and the families that it cares for – before, during and after the death of their loved one. I’m so passionate about Rowcroft’s care, from those who deliver it to those who receive it. Rowcroft and its community hold a very special place in my heart.”

Donate to Daniela here


Matt Bettesworth

Managing Director at Bettesworths

Crime: Going on a three-week cycling trip last September when we were extremely busy at work!

“I am taking part to help raise funds for Rowcroft, as they are a local charity and such an important part of the local community in South Devon. Rowcroft provides a unique and essential role in Torbay and I feel a certain personal drive and responsibility to help support their brilliant work.”

Donate to Matt here


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