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Prison staff and inmates fundraise for Glasgow hospice

12 November 2012
  • Staff and inmates from Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow, joined by sporting names, fundraising for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice

Staff and inmates from Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow, along with a few famous sporting names, faced a day of physical and mental sporting challenges to raise more than £2,000 for The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice Brick by Brick Appeal.

Barlinnie Prison, which fundraises twice a year for charitable causes, held the sports day for staff and inmates to contribute towards the hospice’s proposed new site at Bellahouston Park.

The fundraising efforts included 100 staff and inmates taking part in a gruelling 10K run, completing six laps within the prison’s perimeter. Barlinnie fundraisers and staff from The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice who were also taking part were cheered on by prison officers.

Robert Watson, addictions case worker, was first to cross the finish line, running the full 10 kilometres in less than 33 minutes.

Heather Manson, capital appeal manager for the hospice, donned her running gear to join staff and inmates for the run.

Heather said: “We would like to thank the staff who helped organise the fundraiser to raise money for our Brick By Brick appeal and all that took part in the 10K (run), as well as everyone who gave up their time to take part in the Question of Sport quiz.

“Staff and prisoners of Barlinnie Prison have worked extremely hard to raise funds for The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice and their donations are hugely appreciated.”

Former Celtic player Murdo McLeod and former Rangers player Mark Hateley joined staff and prisoners for a Question of Sport quiz later in the day.

Partick Thistle Football Club also sported several past and present players to take part in the quiz, including current assistant manager and former player Simon Donnelly, former player Martin Hardie, striker Stephen Lawless and club physio, Kenny Crichton. Their knowledge was put to the test in a challenging sports quiz devised by prison librarian Steve Scott.

Vincent Gunn, physical education manager at Barlinnie Prison, said: “The sporting day was an ideal opportunity for prisoners and staff to participate in a great fundraising event and donate to a local and very worthwhile cause.

“We had a very enjoyable day with The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice. Holding an event like this will not only help contribute to the Brick by Brick Appeal but it gave all involved a tough challenge and I’m sure everyone feels a great sense of accomplishment today. Our aim is that through these type of events, it helps the prisoners to contribute something back to the community and address their offending behaviour.”

For further information about The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice and the Brick by Brick Appeal, visit www.ppwh.org.uk

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