Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Radford was arrested, handcuffed, hauled into court, tried and jailed yesterday (Thursday, May 16) in a bid to raise much-needed funds for homeless people.
Mrs Radford was taking part in a “jail and bail” fundraising event at Nottingham’s Galleries of Justice in aid of Framework, which prevents homelessness and tackles rough sleeping throughout the Mansfield area.
The Stags’ First Lady was one of six defendants charged with entirely fictional offences and put on trial in the historic Galleries’ Victorian Courtroom. Each participant was then led to the cells below, read the Riot Act by a cudgel wielding jailor and “bailed” only on payment of £1,000 – sponsorship money raised by friends, colleagues, associates and fans.
In front of a rowdy rabble of supporters and well-wishers bellowing “free the Mansfield One”, she launched a passionate defence against charges of wearing high-heels to football games but was unable to convince the presiding judge of her innocence. She did, however, raise all of her bail money.
Said Carolyn: “I wanted to take part in the 'Jail and Bail' fundraising event to show my support to a truly phenomenal charity. Framework plays a vital part in the Mansfield community helping those in need the most. In today's day and age, no person should have to sleep rough or deal with homelessness and the work Framework undertakes not just to provide shelter but to help people live independent lives has become an invaluable part of the Mansfield community spirit.
“The day itself was fabulous and great fun. We had a good backing of people from Mansfield in the public gallery. Despite the fun and frolics, the real message was to try and raise awareness for homeless people and aid them in life’s path.”
In total the vent raised more than £7,000.
Event organiser Natalie Goodrich explained: “We were absolutely delighted that Carolyn chose to support homeless and vulnerable people in such a high profile way. She was a great sport and I can’t thank her enough for her time and commitment to this event. She and her supporters really got into the spirit of things and helped to make the event the great success that it was."