Locked up! Custody sergeant spends 24 hours in Northampton cell to raise money for teenager with cancer

Custody sergeant Matt Bailey
Custody sergeant Matt Bailey

A police officer has spent 24 hours in a cell at the Criminal Justice Centre in order to raise money for a teenager undergoing cancer treatment.

Custody sergeant Matt Bailey left the cells at the CJC at 8.30am this morning and has so far raised more than £1,000 for teenager Ellie Walters, 14.

His Just Giving page is still open to donations which will help to pay for some private MRI scans which are not available on the NHS and will help to identify small tumours that can be a symptom of rhabdomyosarcoma, the type of cancer Ellie has.

So far Matt has raised more than £1,160, with 17 days left to donate. If you would like to make a donation, please visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/matt-bailey

Sgt Bailey said: “I wanted to do something to help raise money for Ellie and thought that spending some time in the cells would be an ideal way of getting people to put their hands in their pockets.

“I spend all of my working life in the custody area but this was the first time I have spent so much time on the other side of the door.