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Weldmar’s Jail & Bail

Can you raise the Bail to get out of Jail?

Our next ‘Jail and Bail’ event will be held at Shire Hall in Dorchester on Friday 19th April 2024. Taking part in this event helps to raise funds, allowing us to continue providing our vital services to patients and their families in Dorset.

Jail and Bail participants

Shire Hall, Dorchester: Friday 19th April 2024

Seven individuals who live and work in our local community, will take part in this exciting, one day fundraiser to help us to raise much needed funds to support our services. Shire Hall will be kindly letting us use the Courthouse Museum and cells for the day, and a representative from Shire Hall will be joining our prisoners to raise money for the Shire Hall Memory Café.

The convicts will be put on trial and ‘charged’ by a judge at the court room at Shire Hall, Dorchester. Their freedom will be only guaranteed if the suggested minimum bail requirement of £999 is raised!

Pictured: Fiona and Clare from Weldmar’s Fundraising team try out the cells at Shire Hall!

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What happens on the Day:

09:30 – 10:15 Arrival at venue – Shire Hall, Dorchester

10:30 – 12:00 Court sessions – charges & sentencing by the judge

11:00 – 12:00 Photo opportunities and lunch

12:00 – 16:00 Fundraising time – in the cells

16:00 – 16:30 Refreshments and awards

(Please note these timings are subject to change)

Weldmar Hospicecare set up an online giving page for each participant, details of which were kept under ‘lock and key’ until the week of the challenge. On the day the prisoners could make calls, send emails and promote on social media – whichever way they chose to spread the word to friends, family, colleagues and business contacts to help raise their bail money!

After their release they received a goody bag and a framed certificate!

So, could you raise the bail to get out of jail?

If you would like to nominate a colleague, or yourself, to take part please click the button below to complete the application form

For more information, please contact Fiona Hansford, Fundraising Lead, Weldmar Hospicecare.

fiona.hansford@weld-hospice.org.uk or 01305 261 800

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Thank you for your interest in taking part in our Jail and Bail event. Please complete the below information to register.

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Prisoner Information

Emergency Contact Name*
T-shirt Size*
Name of person accompanying you on the day (if applicable)

Company information

We will add your company’s logo under your name on the Jail and Bail webpage with a link to your company’s website. Please attach a JPEG or EPS file of your company’s logo when returning this form by email.

Payment Details

Registration Fee*
A £35 registration fee is required to register, this is to cover the cost of your refreshments, lunch and costume. Please indicate how you would prefer to pay this and we will contact you to arrange.

Your Crime

Your crime can be made up by yourself or by your work colleagues on your behalf. Some ideas of crimes include crimes against fashion, not making a tea round ever, terrible office banter, office distraction, too many office snacks...
Please describe in no more than 50 words further details about the crime.
Max. file size: 512 MB.

Support materials

To help with your bail, we will provide a set of materials for use on social media and print. These will include the following; 1) Email signature supplied as a JPEG for you to add to the bottom of your emails. 2) A4 poster to include your photo, your crime and a link to your donation page, supplied as a PDF. 3) Social media graphic supplied as a JPEG for you to use on your own social media pages.


We require a photo to use on your social media graphics, poster and webpage. Please attach a photo of yourself using the following guidelines: 1) Plain & clear background preferably white or light coloured background so that we can add prison bars and other graphics over the top. 2) High resolution please use original photo and not copied from Facebook for example as this can appear blurred when enlarged. 3) Suitable facial expression face the camera and not looking too pleased about being in prison! How about a cruel smile or evil eyes as this can add to the overall impact of the materials.
Max. file size: 512 MB.

Meet our prisoners for 2024…

£9,200 raised by Weldmar’s first ever Jail and Bail

Five local people from the business community have raised £9,200 for Weldmar Hospicecare by getting locked up for the day in the cells at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorchester. The day began with ‘sentencing’ of the participants in the court, who all had to raise a total of £999 by the end of the day in order to be released.

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