Editor puts himself behind bars in charity stunt

Local newspapers are a key part of their local community and often cover stories about charities and fundraising in the localities. Now one editor has gone to jail – All in the name of fundraising!

Photo of newspaper editor behind bars

Terry pictured in the makeshift jail with his fellow inmates

Welwyn and Hatfield Times editor Terry Mitchinson went to jail to raise money for the local Isabel Hospice, of which he is a long-time patron.

The news chief was one of eight ‘reprobates’ asked to raise cash to secure their release. Together they have raised more than £6,500 for the charity.

Said Terry: “I was a little disappointed with my so-called friends, business contacts and colleagues, as most people offered more money to keep me in jail rather than wanting me out.”

Added Terry: “On a serious note, I didn’t know being banged up in jail could be so much fun and could do so much good.

“All the inmates entered into the spirit of things and raised as much as they could, while passers-by found the whole thing hugely entertaining. So it raised both the charity’s profile and also much-needed funds.”

Emma Lippiatt, corporate relationship manager at the hospice, which needs more than £2m in fundraising each year, said: “All the prisoners were really good sports and we are so grateful to them for their time.

You can still donate to Terry’s efforts at: http://www.justgiving.com/Terry-Mitchinson

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