Mum Maxine to be jailed in aid of charity

Maxine Strong
Maxine Strong

A devoted mum is to be thrown in jail in memory of her late son.

But Maxine Strong will be spending the night behind bars for a good cause - raising cash for Bluebell Wood Hospice where son Alexander spend his final days before his tragic death last January.

The 46-year-old from Epworth will be thrown in the slammer next month along with a gang of 15 other fund-raising ‘miscreants’ who will also spend a night in the cells at Doncaster Prison to help boost funds.

The Jail and Bail event on February 20 will see scores of local people, including Maxine, become scoundrels and rogues for the day.

They will be ‘arrested’ at the Regent Hotel and then hauled off to the Marshgate prison.

And then all the prisoners will be given the daunting task of finding how popular they are when they are slung into their cell, armed with just their mobile phone in order to raise the £500 bail ended to get them released at the end of the day.

And while the event has a fun side, for Maxine the date will be tinged with sadness as she remembers son Alexander who fought a four year battle with cancer before finally succumbing to the illness in early 2013.

He was diagnosed with neuroblastoma on Christmas Eve 2009 at four years old and bravely fought the condition before sadly passing away at Bluebell Wood just after Christmas last year.

She said: “I’m fundraising in memory of my little boy Alexander.

“The courage and dignity he showed during his short years was incredible.

“Bluebell Wood’s doors opened at the time we needed them the most and gave me chance to be a mum again instead of a carer.

“Being able to take part in Jail and Bail is an amazing way to say thank you for all they have done for my family.”

Anna Gott, fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice said: “I’d like to thank Maxine and all fifteen faux-felons for taking part in Jail and Bail for the Bluebell Wood.

“It’s heart-warming to see Maxine raising funds for other families that use the hospice as she has experienced first-hand the services we provide.

“As we receive less than 5% statutory funding we rely on the support of local people such as Maxine to allow us to continue offering our services to children with a shortened life expectancy.”

The hospice offers care and support to children and young people with a shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and at the hospice in North Anston.

There are only 43 children’s hospices in the country and the centre caters for 170 children from across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of North Lincolnshire at a costs of over £3 million a year to operate and run.