Charity pair face fears locked in box

Community champion Angela Parr and Lorraine Bailey from Tesco Extra, Hindley
Community champion Angela Parr and Lorraine Bailey from Tesco Extra, Hindley

TWO women are preparing to trap themselves in a glass box for two days to highlight the plight of children with severe autism.

Tesco employees Angela Parr and Lorraine Bailey will be Locked in for Autism in the 3m by 2m cage which will be installed outside the Hindley store, from noon Thursday December 3 to 2pm on Saturday December 5, for Caudwell Children.

Angela, 48, who has two adult sons, and is community champion, said: “As community champion for the store I deal with fund raising and charity events, so I volunteered to do this.

“We must be mad - we will be sleeping on a hard floor for two nights but it is worth it to raise money and awareness of autism in children. We will have five minutes out of the box every two hours for a comfort break and we will have a few snacks with us.

“As we are outside and in a transparent box, for everyone to see us, we are planning entertainment for children, such as carol singing and we will have a Christmas theme, with a fireplace and stockings. We cannot take our phones as we are supposed to feel as isolated as it may feel for a child with autism who is trying to connect with people, but can’t.

“What is great about this, is that all money raised will go towards local children. It will help parents of autistic children gain respite and will provide activities for youngsters. Various Tesco stores have been doing this Locked In for Autism challenge, but not many in our area, so we wanted to do our bit.

“As a few members of staff have autistic children in their families, we feel we should support this. Our Hindley store manages to raise a lot of money for charities - we are the third best in the North West group, beating some of the bigger stores.”

To support Angela and Lorraine text LIFA75 and the amount you want to give to 70070 or visit www.lockedinforautism.com.