21 Feb 2018
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Stoke-on-Trent window company boss ‘jailed’ to raise cash for hospice

The boss of a family-run window company has spent a day locked in a prison cell to raise over £1,800 for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

Guy Basnett, director of Meir Heath-based Target Windows, was picked up by uniformed officers and bundled into the back of a police van on Wednesday after signing up to take part in the hospice’s 2018 Jail or Bail Challenge.

Mr Basnett spent Valentine’s Day in a cell at the disused Magistrates Court in Fenton, along with David Webster, CEO of Douglas Macmillan Hospice, Ian Walker, director of Fifteen Group, and Dave Meakin, a driver at Jones & Shuffs.

He said: “I was made to wear a white jumpsuit over my puffer jacket, so I looked like Michelin Man, then stuffed into the back of a police van in a cage.

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“We all had our finger prints taken and then we were put into a dark, dank prison cell. We were allowed our phones, so we could plead for donations to secure our freedom. It went really well, and some of my mates were offering to donate more to keep me in there! I’d like to thank everyone who donated. I think the Dougie Mac has raised £4700 so far.”

The Jail or Bail campaign marked the 45th anniversary of the hospice providing local care to local people. The money will go towards the cost of funding the services provided by the Dougie Mac at the hospice in Blurton and across the North Staffordshire community.

You can still donate by visiting jailorbail.everydayhero.com/uk/target-windows, calling 01782 398021 or popping into a Target Windows showroom in Stone or Uttoxeter.

21 Sep 2017

Target Windows helps kit out Dogs Trust kennels

Target Windows has been chosen to fit specially-adapted windows and doors in several multi-million-pound Dogs Trust kennels.

The family-run business, which has showrooms in Stone and Uttoxeter, has worked on the charity’s shelters in Loughborough, Evesham, Essex, Brighton and Shrewsbury and is now discussing two more sites.

In fact, the business has had several new enquiries from other animal charities who have heard about Target Windows’ good work.

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Guy Basnett, director, said: “We’re so happy to be able to help the Dogs Trust by offering exactly what they needed; energy efficient windows and doors, a specially adapted door threshold for easy cleaning and acoustic screens to keep the barking noise down to a minimum.

“I have a rescue dog, a little Jack Russell called Molly, and three German Shepherds. I rescued Rosie after finding her living in poor conditions. The Dogs Trust is a charity which is very close to my heart. These kennels are so luxurious and it’s great to be able to offer those dogs some comfort until they find their new home.”

Mr Basnett said the adapted threshold was manufactured locally after he searched far and wide for exactly what was needed.

“A lot of thought has gone into the shelters. For example, we have used special handles to ensure the dogs can’t jump up and accidentally open the doors, and we selected glazing that makes the buildings as eco-friendly as possible,” said Mr Basnett.

For more information call 01782 398021 or pop into a Target Windows showroom in Stone or Uttoxeter. To donate to the Dogs Trust visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.