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Tracey “behind bars” to help disabled teenager
9:40am Thursday 24th January 2013 in Bury
A FORMER prison officer is going behind bars to raise money for a disabled boy from Bury.
Tracey Snelling, from Outwood, will spend a day in prison in aid of 12-year-old Josh Wilson, a pupil at Elms Bank High School in Whitefield.
He was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2004 and following treatment, he now has severe neuromuscular disabilities that require a fully adapted home.
His family needs £25,000 to pay for a ceiling track hoist, a special bath, building work and other basic equipment Mrs Snelling, aged 50, will be arrested at Whitefield police station next Tuesday morning and taken to the Greater Manchester Police Museum in Newton Street, Manchester.
She will face a trial, accused of always giving the wrong answers to a Whitefield police quiz on Twitter, and be sentenced to a day in a cell at the museum.
The fundraiser has been organised by PC Danny McCondichie, of Whitefield police, and Mrs Snelling has already raised more than £100.
The mother-of-two said: “I saw Josh’s story on Twitter and I thought I would like to do something to help.
“I’m looking forward to it. It will be strange on the other side of the bars but at least I know I will be getting out at the end of the day.”
To donate to Josh’s appeal: go to superjosh.org.uk.