A group of prison officers and inmates undertook a sponsored walk from Jurby Prison to the old Victoria Road prison site in Douglas earlier this month to raise funds for Rebecca House Children’s Hospice.
The route was mostly cross country, ascending the challenging Ballacobb and round the back of Beinn-y-Phott. The group followed the Millennium Way for a short while, passing behind Carraghan, and then into the East Baldwin valley.
Finally it was back on the roads to St George’s Bridge and along Ballanard Road into Douglas, concluding at the old prison site. The walkers covered just under 20 miles and ascents of more than 2,500 feet.
A total of eight prison staff and eight selected inmates completed the walk on Sunday 15 June, which was co-ordinated and led by Senior Officer PEI Mike Pacey.
Mike said: ‘I would like to thank the staff for donating their free time, staff and inmates for their efforts, everyone who sponsored the walkers and Prison Officer Bernard Bateson for providing back up during the event.’
Michael Coleman MLC, Member of the Department of Home Affairs with responsibility for the Prison and Probation Service, added: ‘It is good to see prisoners making a positive contribution to the local community through their charitable endeavours. This type of activity forms part of the much wider efforts to help rehabilitate offenders.’