Help release jail bird Skegness mayor

The 'jail birds' will need to raise �500 each to be released.
The 'jail birds' will need to raise �500 each to be released.

Local children’s charity Home-Start are calling for your help to free the Mayor of Skegness.

The mayor, Coun Jim Carpenter and five other volunteers from their cells at the Hildreds Centre and the Village Church Farm on Saturday, April, 26.

The brave volunteers will be publically arrested on Lumley Road between 10am and 10.30am by Skegness Police Cadets on the fictitious charge of ‘not doing enough for the community’

They are asking for as many people as possible to come along and protest their innocence and help with the charity collection for their release.

They need to raise £500 bail money each before they can be released which will be donated to family support charity, Home-Start for their work with local families with young children facing tragedy and hardship.

The ‘Skegness Six’ are Coun Jim Carpenter, Joe Campbell, local reporter, John Kirk, of Kirks Quality Food Group and Skegness Round Table, Martin Brown of Visit the Seaside, Nick Squires father and nurse at Pilgrim Hospital and Max Smith father and caretaker for two local schools.

Coun Jim Carpenter said: “I am quite looking forward to wearing a different type of chain for the day but please come along, I need your support, I don’t want to be in there for too long, I still have lots to do!”

Max Smith, volunteer Jail Bird said: “I had never heard of Home-Start until last year, but my girlfriend became a volunteer for them and is so passionate about the emotional and practical support they give to local children and families, I thought it was about time I offered my services. So I am being jailed and bailed to support this amazing charity and I need your support”

Kathryn Laverack, Community Liaison Co-ordinator of Home-Start East Lindsey said: “We are looking forward to a great day. Watch out for our Jail Birds before their arrests, they will be wearing bright orange Home-Start caps and although the majority of Home-Start volunteers give their time to support families, our community volunteers like our six Jail Birds who help us raise funds are also vital to keeping our support service available for local families and we really appreciate their efforts.”

“The Skegness Lions are also helping us with a street collection on the day to help raise the bail money for our Jail Birds, so please come along and support them”, she added.

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All money raised by the jail birds will help Home-Start in their support for local families.

Families seek support from Home-Start for reasons as diverse as isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or simply finding parenting a struggle.

Their home visiting volunteers provide free and confidential, practical and emotional support.

If you would like further information about the Jail and Bail fundraiser or to find out more about the work of Home-Start, East Lindsey, you can call them on 01507 610665 and their volunteers will be on hand in the Hildreds Centre throughout the