Published: January 20, 2010
Fundraising jail break set to be held from Burnham police station

Burnham-On-Sea police station will be the centre of a jail break next month to help raise money for a Weston charity.

The event, in aid of Weston Hospicecare, takes place on February 27th and 28th with the aim being to get as far away from Burnham as possible within a 24 hour period, but without spending a single penny.

The event will also challenge volunteers to beg, borrow or blag their way to raising as much money as possible in 24 hours for the charity.

Teams who want to sign up are urged to start planning their escape soon for maximum fundraising advantage but they must keep their plans under wraps.

Alan Cooper, originally from Burnham, now living in Weston-super-Mare, has signed up for the challenge because when his dad died from a brain tumour in 2003 he became very aware of the work of Weston Hospicecare, and is looking forward to raising money for the charity.

He told "I’m really looking forward to it as I hope to be able to get overseas. I want to do it because when my dad was ill I was really impressed with the support on offer from Weston Hospicecare."

Dad of two Alan, 36, will be making his escape with Matt Tucker, 34, from Burnham, and the pair of them are busy making plans to raise as much as possible for the charity.

Kerry Bastone, landlady at the Fox and Goose in Brent Knoll, has a team of ten waiting to make a break for it.

Kerry told "Everybody is very aware of the work of Weston Hospicecare and we have a collection on the bar that people are very happy to donate to. We have a £5,000 target which between ten of us should be achievable as we are already busy getting sponsorship and will be collecting on our way."

"We are all very much looking forward to it because it will be a lot of fun and very exciting to see where we will all end up."

To sponsor Alan and Matt go to or to sponsor the Fox and Goose team email and to sign up for the challenge call Olly Joseph on 01934 423965mor email him at

The jailbreak is part of a campaign launched by the Hospice last year to coincide with its 20th anniversary.
It is raising £160,000 to help with the cost of meeting the rise in demand for the services they provide to the community.

The charity provides free palliative care to 1,100 people with life-limiting illnesses in North Somerset and neighbouring parts of Somerset.

Pictured are (top) Matt Tucker, William Cooper and dad Alan Cooper, and (below) Ben Keedwell, Matt Braddick, Kerry Bastone (landlady), Andy James, Becky Dunn from the Fox and Goose


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