Southsea solicitor raises hundreds after being arrested in charity crackdown

Harriet Lee, 16

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  • Rachel Harvey was ‘locked up’ by police in aid of The Elizabeth Foundation
  • Over £3000 raised by four ‘prisoners’ who took part in fundraiser on July 7
  • Portsmouth-based charity supports deaf preschool children and their families
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A SOLICITOR has recalled her ‘brilliant’ experience of raising £600 for a local charity by being arrested.

Rachel Harvey, of Large & Gibson Solicitors in Southsea, was nicked during a police ‘crackdown’ on July 7 in aid of The Elizabeth Foundation.

Two officers put Rachel, 48, in cuffs at Portsmouth Business Expo before taking her to the cells at Gunwharf Quays.

She said: ‘The police were fantastic, they really got involved and made it quite real.

‘I nearly ran away when the officer put on a pair of rubber gloves!’

The four ‘prisoners’ who took part raised £3,061.10 for The Elizabeth Foundation, a Portsmouth centre supporting deaf preschool children and their parents.

Fiona Heath, fundraising manager for the foundation, said: ‘We could not have done it without the help of Hampshire Constabulary, and the officers who gave up their spare time.

‘We hope to do it again but hopefully over a weekend.’

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