City professionals can send their managers to Birmingham’s very own Victorian prison this February – but it’s all in the name of charity!  

Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is asking staff at local businesses to nominate their bosses for ‘Jail or Bail’ – which will see managers locked up in the prison that once housed the real life Peaky Blinders.

Taking place on Thursday 28 February at The Lock-Up at Steelhouse Lane, bosses will have just 24 hours to fundraise for their freedom and raise that all-important bail money.

Managers will have their mug shot and fingerprints taken by the Victorian prison officers, before relying on their business contacts, friends and family to reach their £600 bail.

Charlotte Anson, corporate partnerships manager at Birmingham St Mary’s, said: “At some point or other, we’d all love to get payback on our bosses – so Jail or Bail is a really fun way to do this whilst supporting a great local charity!

“Our corporate jailbirds will be locked up and relying on their business contacts, as well as their nearest and dearest, to bail them outThe Lock-Up prison is both magnificent and daunting and who knows, your boss could be sitting in the very cell that once housed a real life Tommy Shelby!”

All ‘bail money’ will go towards the Hospice, which provides vital care to people and their loved ones who are living with life-limiting illness.

Charlotte added: “Every day, Birmingham St Mary’s cares for 400 people across Birmingham and Sandwell, helping them to live well and get the best out of life. All of our services are free of charge to everyone who uses them – including patients, family members, carers and loved ones – which is why we rely on generous donations from Birmingham’s business community to keep our services running.”

This year, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. The Hospice cared for its first patient on 5th March 1979 and four decades later, it is supporting more people than ever before.

It costs £8 million a year to run Birmingham St Mary’s vital services, over 60 per cent of which must come from voluntary funding. The Hospice’s expert team can provide care and support in people’s homes, in the community and at the Hospice in Selly Park.

To nominate a boss for Jail or Bail, please visit here