The long arms - and legs - of the law will be tucked up tight later this month when a group of West Midlands Police fundraisers stage a charity sleepover to raise funds for Walsall Manor Hospital’s young patients and neonatal babies.
The group will be settling down for the night from 4pm on Tuesday 28 November in the old custody suite at the former Steelhouse Lane Police Station to raise funds for Ward 21 and the Neonatal Unit.
Custody Sergeant Neil Powers, who lives in Willenhall, said a group of between ten and 20 colleagues from Perry Barr Custody Suite would be taking part.
“We originally spoke about doing something for Children In Need and didn’t really get our acts together but we wanted to help children and that’s when we decided on raising money for Ward 21 and the Neonatal Unit,” the 34-year-old said.
“Both of my children Isabelle, aged six, and Cameron, four, were born at the Manor Hospital so it’s a local cause for me. My wife Linda was cared for well at the hospital so it’s good to be able to give something back.
“The old custody suite is in a Grade 2 listed building, now used as a museum, and there are rumours it could be haunted. But the noises we’re most likely to hear are each other’s snoring I dare say!”
Sergeant Powers said a Just Giving page had been set up and urged people to support it at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/neil-powers-4 .
“As police officers we like to show our support for our local communities and this is a good way to do so.”
Georgie Westley, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust Fundraising Manager, said: “This is a lovely gesture by Neil and his colleagues and I hope they manage to scrape a few hours’ sleep. I’m sure Walsall communities will get behind them and support their fundraising effort.”