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…as part of the Winston’s Wish Ransom and Release fundraising campaign

Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, will be arresting and locking up five Gloucestershire business leaders – and throwing away the key until they raise £750 each!

NIGEL PURVEUR (Trustee, Winston’s Wish), PAUL BENCE (Managing Director, Bence) KATE BREWSTER and CHELL ALLINSON (Martial Arts Instructors, Cheltenham) SIMON NICHOLLS and LAURA WILKINS (Directors, Coventry Building Society) all taking part in the Winston’s Wish Ransom and Release fundraising campaign to raise money for the charity’s work with bereaved children.

The trouble-making group will be ‘arrested’ at their respective workplaces on Tuesday 20th October, before being read their rights and detained at a top secret secure location in central Cheltenham.

They will then be tasked to encourage friends, family, colleagues and contacts to stump up the ransom for their release. The jailbirds will be allowed to keep with them a mobile phone and a little black book of contacts.

Winston’s Wish has set bail at £750 each for release.

Nigel Purveur, Trustee at Winston’s Wish, plans to raise his bail through his professional contacts at Capita.

He commented:

“This is a bit of fun and a great way to raise funds for a wonderful charity whose national reach makes an enormous difference to the lives of children who have been bereaved of a parent of sibling. I am delighted to be part of this day and look forward to gaining the support of colleagues and friends”.

Monies raised through the Ransom and Release event will go towards funding the charity’s vital work with over 40,000 bereaved children each year.

Liz Thatcher, Community Fundraiser at Winston’s Wish, added:

“After the success of this event last year, we are delighted to be supported by so many local businesses once again. I am thrilled that we have such active supporters and are planning to raise even more money, which will help all of our work with bereaved children across the UK”..

Winston’s Wish helps children and young people rebuild their lives after the death of their mum, dad, brother or sister, enabling them to face the future with confidence and hope.

The charity gives practical support and guidance through: a national Helpline (08452 03 04 05), individual and group work with families including residential weekends, specialist publications and training for professionals to support children who are feeling angry, confused and isolated after the death of a loved one.


Nigel PurveurMugShot   NIGEL “Nice Guy” PURVEUR
Trustee, Winston’s Wish and Managing Director, Insurance Services Division of Capita

Police suspect Mr Purveur to be the “Robin Hood” of Gloucestershire. His known band of merry trustees have been growing in numbers, plotting to give more support to bereaved children across the UK. Mr Purveur does, however, have a darker side – a suspected sandwich thief, his board meetings are consistently full of delicious yet suspicious breaded goods. Providing he isn’t preoccupied with a sandwich-heist, he is hoping to raise at least £750 in bail to be released from jail.



Paul benceMug ShotPAUL BENCE aka “Brick”

Bence Builders Merchants, Cheltenham

Mr Bence of Bence Builders Merchants, Cheltenham is a passionate Everton fan – crime enough in itself, you might think – but he has been spotted knocking over fence panels following the meek 1-1 draw of his beloved Blues at the recent Merseyside derby. Police are concerned his reign of destruction will continue and with the cheekiness in his response to questioning, they have decided to arrest him.


Kate & Shell R&RMugShotKATE “Bruiser” BREWSTER alongside Chell “Hit it Harder” Allinson

Martial Arts Centre, Cheltenham

Several witnesses with photographic evidence place these two kickboxing instructors guilty of torture on account of repeated rounds of lunges, burpees and sprawls. Victims claim that these serial offenders have poor time keeping, often use disguises and have been known to hunt down victims in their own homes. If seen, DO NOT approach these individuals.



Coventry Mug ShotsSIMON “Moustache” NICHOLLS and LAURA “Selfie Stick” WILKINS

Coventry Building Society, Gloucester

These two mischief-makers are renowned for keeping themselves prim and proper, but it has come at a cost. Laura is guilty of a criminal number of selfies, bombarding social media with various pouty poses. Simon, meanwhile, is accused of unlawful facial hair – fierce protection of his fuzzy upper lip has landed him on hot water, with the finger firmly pointed at him for the theft of a number of razors across the county.




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