Customer assistant, Lisa Males locked herself in a glass box in the middle of Tesco in Beeston for 50 hours to raise money for Autism. CHLOE JORDISON investigates how she got on and how the experience affected her.
Walking into Tesco the first thing you would expect to see is fruit, veg and other groceries, but today, customers could see a 2m by 3m glass box where a nervous looking Lisa Males stood inside.
The 35-year-old, mother-of-one works at the Tesco store in Beeston as a wages clerk, and has put herself up for the challenge of living in a box for over two days to raise awareness for the charity Caudwell Children.
The charity provides support for disabled children and their families across the UK.
Andy Bailey a member of Caudwell Children said: “The charity has a programme called Autistic Children Therapies, which has available education, therapy, nutrition and dietary interventions for autistic children.”
“This amazing experience Lisa is doing will help put Caudwell children on the map in Beeston and the surrounding areas.”
The £3,053.55 raised will stay in the local area.
Thousands of shoppers passed Lisa throughout her time in the solitary confinement.
This event took place in the Tesco Extra store, on Station Road, Beeston, where Lisa entered the box at 12pm on Thursday, May 5, and, she succeeded her challenge at 2pm on Saturday, May 7.
Lisa was inspired to do this for her godson who is on the autistic spectrum.
Andy Bailey was ready to announce the departure of Lisa and counted down the seconds to her freedom.
Party poppers and confetti cannons were at the ready for the countdown and the room filled with clapping and emotion from both Lisa and the crowd.
Everyone was there from friends and family to employees, they all exploded with cheers of excitement and enthusiasm.
All eyes were on Lisa leaving the box, when she was finally free she bust into tears and ran over to her husband and son to give them a massive hug.
The first words she spoke after 50 hours of isolation were: “You guys have been absolutely amazing, you have all got me through this!”
Speaking to Lisa after her departure she was full of emotion, she said: “It was amazing, is was really different to how I thought it would be. I thought it would be a lot lonelier.
“I did find it really hard to communicate, because everyone wanted to chat to me.”
“I wasn’t bored at all which I thought I would be, but I had the guys from PureGym come over and do a couple of workouts with me.”
PureGym help the people of Nottingham improve their general fitness with 220 state-of-the-art equipment, helping people achieve their fitness goals.
“I brought a puzzle book to read, but I didn’t even finish it because I had so many people coming over to talk to me.”
“The only thing I missed was my family, because I wasn’t allowed anything electronic.”
“I actually really liked not having my phone I found it really calming, because nowadays everyone is always on their phones.”
“The Thursday night I had no problems sleeping I went to sleep at 11pm, woke up at 6am.”
“Friday night was completely different, I was really worked up and I could feel the emotion building, the store was a lot busier, I think I only slept five hours last night.”
“A lot of people have said what I’ve done will bring more awareness towards autism and the Cauldwell children charity itself.”
The NHS say that one in every 100 people in the UK are on the Autism spectrum and more boys are diagnosed with the disorder than girls.
There is no cure for ASD, but speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, educational support, plus a number of other interventions are available to help children and parents.
If you were inspired by Lisa’s challenge please donate to, www.justgiving.com/lisalockedin