Thousands raised by the Checkatrade Jail Break challenge

The Checkatrade Jail Break has raised thousands of pounds for the Sussex Snowdrop Trust.

Sunday, 14th May 2017, 9:55 am
Some of the Jail Break teams next to the coach

Held on Sunday, May 7 by, in conjunction with Spirit FM , the event raised a total of £5,000 on the day, with more to come through bucket donations and further sponsorship.

Fundraisers, dressed up in costumes such as Teletubbies, the Scooby Doo gang, and fairies, congregated at the Fontwell Park race course.

Participants became prisoners as they were whisked away to a secret location, and worked together to make it back by any means necessary, without money or a phone.

Participants got creative with their costumes

This year, fundraisers were dropped off at Horley Tesco, and Winchester town centre.

Methods of travel this year included trains, buses, ambulances, a police car and riot van, a supercar from nearby Goodwood, and a camper van used to make it back. Some even took to the water, negotiating the Isle of Wight on a hovercraft.

For some teams, there were personal links behind their fundraising.

Susan Sayer, leader of Gracie’s Angels, said: “We had a wonderful day raising money for a fantastic cause. If it wasn’t for the Snowdrop nurses, we wouldn’t have been able to bring my granddaughter Gracie home from hospital due to their fantastic care and support which made such a difference.

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“My daughter and Gracie’s mum Charlotte was also on the team, along with her friend Hannah, whose sister Kaitlyn was also helped by the charity.

“Gracie sadly passed away last August so in her memory we try to do as much as we can and we wanted to give something back by taking part in the Jail Break; we can’t wait to take part again!”

Prizes were donated by Hotel Chocolat, The Jetty Restaurant at the Chichester Harbour Hotel, Fontwell Park race course, Bognor Regis Tesco and Sainsburys Chichester.

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Around £5,000 was raised by the Jail Break challenge on the day, with more set to come in

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Around £5,000 was raised by the Jail Break challenge on the day, with more set to come in