Charity Fundraisers Bravely Spend a Night in a Spooky UK Prison

Last Updated on: 21st November 2023, 08:44 pm

On Friday 15th September, brave fundraisers will be spending the night at HM Prison Gloucester, one of the UK’s most haunted prisons, in aid of Gloucestershire youth charity Young Gloucestershire. The charity works with over 4,900 young people, aged 11-25, across the county, to ensure they meet their potential and are protected from criminal exploitation.

The prison sleepover event is open to supporters of the charity, with local legal professionals, accountants, estate agents and financial advisors all facing their fears of the dark to support the work of Young Gloucestershire. Special guests, including the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, The Right Honorable Jamie Tabor QC, and paranormal investigator Leanne Burnham-Richards, will also be attending the event.

The decommissioned prison, which now predominantly used for events and is regularly hired as a backdrop for film and TV productions, was originally opened in 1792 and closed in 2013. Rumours of human remains being buried within the site and the discovery in the exercise yard of a large Norman castle wall of historical significance have added to the prison’s haunted reputation.

Thomas Jones, Head of Income Generation at Young Gloucestershire said: “The prison event is more than just a chance to scare ourselves silly in the dark. The fear we will face over an evening is nothing compared to the fears young people face when they are victims of criminal exploitation.”

He continued: “Unfortunately, we see this every day of the week in our county. Whether it’s young people drifting towards gang involvement, selling drugs, carrying knives and weapons, or acts of violence. Young people don’t just turn to these extremes overnight. The underlying issues are complex and wide-ranging, but vulnerable people are often the victims.”

“One key area of our work at Young Gloucestershire is providing interventions for young people at risk of exploitation. Our youth work and mentoring programmes help steer young people onto a different path. We’re running this event because our work creates positive change, and the funds raised will continue supporting interventions.”

Young Gloucestershire is inviting supporters to take part in the prison sleepover event, taking place on Friday 15th September. To register your place, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-night-of-redemption-sleepover-at-gloucester-prison-tickets-643733603537. Donations to support the work of Young Gloucestershire can be made at: https://www.justgiving.com/Young-Gloucestershire.

On Friday 15th September, courageous fundraisers will be spending the night at HM Prison Gloucester, one of the UK’s most haunted prisons, for Gloucestershire youth charity, Young Gloucestershire. The charity works with over 4,900 young people, aged 11-25, across the county, to ensure they have the support they need to meet their potential and to protect them from criminal exploitation.

The prison sleepover event is open to all supporters of the charity, with local legal professionals, accountants, estate agents and financial advisors all facing their fear of the dark to show their support for Young Gloucestershire. Special guests in attendance will include the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, The Right Honorable Jamie Tabor QC, and paranormal investigator Leanne Burnham-Richards.

The decommissioned prison, which is now primarily used for events and regularly hired as a backdrop for film and TV productions, was originally opened in 1792 and closed in 2013. Rumours of human remains buried within the site, as well as the discovery in the exercise yard of a large Norman castle wall of historical significance, have added to the prison’s haunted reputation.

Thomas Jones, Head of Income Generation at Young Gloucestershire, said: “The prison event is more than just a chance to scare ourselves silly in the dark. The fear we will face over an evening is nothing compared to the fear young people face when they are victims of criminal exploitation.”

He continued: “Unfortunately, we see this every day of the week in our county. Whether it’s young people drifting towards gang involvement, selling drugs, carrying knives and weapons, or acts of violence. Young people don’t just turn to these extremes overnight. The underlying issues are complex and wide-ranging, but vulnerable people are often the victims.”

“One key area of our work at Young Gloucestershire is providing interventions for young people at risk of exploitation. Our youth work and mentoring programmes help steer young people onto a different path. We’re running this event because our work creates positive change, and the funds raised will continue supporting interventions.”

Young Gloucestershire is inviting supporters to join them on Friday

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