POTENTIAL kidnap targets are waiting nervously for a knock on their door which will see them whisked away and held to ransom but all in a good cause. A Ransom and Release event is being held at Barnstaple Guildhall on Friday, May 16 to raise money for

POTENTIAL "kidnap" targets are waiting nervously for a knock on their door which will see them whisked away and held to ransom - but all in a good cause.A Ransom and Release event is being held at Barnstaple Guildhall on Friday, May 16 to raise money for the North Devon Children's Appeal.The aim is to raise funds for the three Children's Centres in Barnstaple, Bideford and Ilfracombe, all of which are working on projects to add to their services.Prominent members of local society will be "captured" and taken to the Guildhall where they will be plied shamelessly with food, drink and networking in return for helping to raise money for the appeal.Each person taking part will be put into a team of four and given the task of raising £2,000: £500 per person. Only once they have raised their money they will be released!The projects they will be collecting for include extra play space at Victoria House Children's Centre in Barnstaple for babies to five-year-olds.Sure Start Bideford needs a covered outdoor play area and the My Start centre in Ilfracombe needs a new vehicle to take services out to rural communities."Kidnap victims" targeted so far include James Morrish, leader of Torridge District Council, Bideford Mayor Caroline Church, Hopps and Chapple from Lantern, NDDC deputy leader Des Brailey, Ilfracombe Rotary president Paul Yabsley and many more.Anyone who would like to put themselves up to be ransomed, or make a donation to the appeal, can contact Bideford Children's Centre on (01237) 425752.