A brave businessman has raised almost £1,000 for a community project – after spending seven hours ‘locked’ in a barn.
Dave Terry, aged 58, was ‘locked up’ in the barn, behind the Bay Horse, Hatfield, to raise funds for a new eco-friendly community building.
He has raised £960 to date, but there are still donations to collect and it is hoped the grand total will reach more than £1,000.
The father-of-three said: “I was hoping to raise £500, but I’d done that by 2pm and there were still people waiting to come see me in the barn, so I obviously wasn’t going to turn them away.
“I’m staggered by how generous people were. There was a fantastic sense of community spirit. I want to say a huge thank you to everybody who donated.”
Friday’s event – in which Dave was locked up between 9am and 4pm – was organised by the Barn Regeneration Project. For more than 50 years, the barn has served Hatfield Church and the community, but the present community building is too small for the demand.
The new building will be built close to the existing barn, so its use can continue until the new building is ready. The old building will then be demolished.
Dave was escorted to the barn from his home on Station Road by Community support officer Julie Gibson.
He said: “There were a couple of people, including PCSOs, with me at all times during the day. They were acting as wardens and took me for a walk twice during the day to get some exercise.”
The security and electrical engineer was only allowed bread and water throughout the day. He said: “Doing this wasn’t a lot to ask for one day, I was happy to do it for such a good cause, but the hardest thing was not having a cup of tea or coffee.
“I usually have at least half a dozen cups during the day. People who came in to see me were offered cups of tea, but I couldn’t have any.”
Members of the public were invited to the barn to see Dave, but could only stay for 10 minutes each. And Dave said: “It was like having visiting times at prison, but it was nice to see people come in.
“I spent most of the day talking to people in person, or on the phone if they had called me to donate.
“There was a steady flow of people coming in all day, including people that I didn’t know. I was really surprised, but it was lovely.”
Tina O’Halloran, fundraiser for the project, said: “We can now provide the people of Hatfield and surrounding areas with a new, fit for purpose, eco-friendly community building for them and their families and friends to use and enjoy well into the future.” To donate, call 07778 458491 or text BARN07 £2/£5/£10 to 70070.