By Queenscourt Crime Correspondent Andrew Brown
A financial planning advisor from Southport has spent time in the stocks – now he’s heading straight for ‘jail’!
David Lloyd, owner of Lloyd & Co financial planning, for some reason has a set of stocks to the rear of his office on Hoghton Street in Southport town centre which were gifted to him by a client, David is not sure of the intention of the gift but believes they are to be utilised for charity events and such. David also intends to bring in a worst employee of the month award and thinks the stocks could come in useful then.
Now he’s signed up to take part in the new Jail & Bail fundraiser for Queenscourt Hospice which takes place this September.
David is among a dirty dozen of kind-hearted local people who will be ‘locked up’ this September.
To win his freedom David needs well-wishers to support him with donations as he aims to raise a minimum of £999 in ‘bail’ money.
You can support him here: www.justgiving.com/page/david-lloyd-jail-bail
Every penny raised through Jail & Bail will go towards Queenscourt Hospice, which provides care and support for residents across West Lancashire, Southport and Formby, 365 days a year.
Queenscourt is staging this brand new fundraiser in collaboration with Stand Up For Southport 10am-3pm on Friday, 15th September 2023 at Access Point, based inside the former Southport Magistrates’ Court building, on Albert Road in Southport.
A handful of local ‘criminals’ have already had their collars felt – now organisers are reaching out for more willing participants to join their ‘chain gang’.
David founded Lloyd & Co in 2010 with an ethos focused firmly on clients’ happiness.
His goal is to help people to make the right financial choices to facilitate what they want out of life. We want our clients to be excited about the future and ensure they live their best lives possible.
He said: “A client made the stocks for a charity event.
“I was in the stocks to raise money for our annual charity as people were throwing wet sponges at me for a few hours. Some of the sponges seemed to have gravel on them, I’m sure that was accidental.”
“We even had a police officer who was walking past stopping to take aim!
“I am always keen to do what I can to raise money for charity.
“Jail & Bail sounds like a superb idea I’m really looking forward to doing it.
“I have lived in Southport for over 20 years after living in Liverpool and Manchester and want to support my local community.”
The 49-year-old will be supported by his family in his fundraising efforts as he seeks to raise the £999 in bail money he needs to escape ‘jail’.
The Liverpool FC fan hopes they can lead the campaign to win his freedom.
While in the cells at Access Point, he can at least help the other prisoners to raise a smile as they do porridge.
He said: “I completed a how to do stand up comedy course with Sam Avery many years ago then enjoyed performing in various places including the Edinburgh festival for five years to varying degrees of success”
“But being stuck in jail will be no laughing matter if people can’t get me out.”
David has one thing on his side though – that the charity he is raising money for is such a special place.
He said: “I love the idea of Jail & Bail. It’s very different!
“We always do something to support local charities and are always keen to do what we can to help Queenscourt Hospice.
“It is a very worthwhile cause to support, with Queenscourt only receiving minimal funding support from the government and needing to raise money from local people to keep offering their services to local people.”
Which crimes does David think his family and friends would want to see him locked up for?
“Probably nothing that you can publish!” he said.
“On my JustGiving page, it says I’m being jailed for ‘crimes against fashion’, that is a popular one in the office.
“Everyone here thought that was appropriate for me!”
Local businesses including The Cheshire Lines Inn pub in Southport are supporting the initiative on the day.
Queenscourt Hospice Fundraising Manager Liz Hartley said:
“Jail and Bail, Queenscourt Hospice’s brand-new fundraising challenge, in collaboration with Stand Up For Southport, is coming soon to a jail near you and we would absolutely love you to be involved.
“Individuals eager to take part in this challenge will be ‘arrested’, ‘charged with a despicable crime’ and then placed on ‘trial’ in the famous courtroom inside the Access Point building – all for a wonderful cause!
“Once you have been found ‘guilty’, you will need to raise a minimum of £999 in bail money to be released!
“Wearing a prison uniform, you will have access to your laptop and phone throughout the day so that you can raise your bail money.
“You will also take part in activities throughout the day, around Southport, that relate to your chosen crime.”
Stand up For Southport owner Andrew Brown said:
“We are honoured to team up with Queenscourt Hospice to launch the first ever Jail & Bail fundraiser!
“It’s going to be a really fun way of raising money for an incredible local charity that holds a very special place in the hearts of so many of us.
“We would love to see people from across West Lancashire, Southport and Formby join us for this unique event, with numbers very limited.”
Queenscourt Hospice provides access to specialist palliative care either at home (including care homes), hospital or in Queenscourt via the Inpatient Unit or as an Outpatient.
- Please donate to David Lloyd’s fundraising page at: www.justgiving.com/page/david-lloyd-jail-bail
- For more details or to register your interest please email Queenscourt Hospice Fundraising Manager Liz Hartley at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email: Stand Up For Southport owner Andrew Brown at: email@example.com
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