The goal was to travel the furthest possible distance from the origin of the breakout. The trio raised £210 for charities St Luke’s Hospice and Help for Heroes.
They managed to find people to drive them in turn to Bristol, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Nottingham, Leeds and eventually Edinburgh. They also managed to raise funds at service stations on route.
Jack Levick, Deputy President of the Student Union said, ‘Jailbreak was my first experience of hitchhiking, but doing it for charity made the whole thing even more worth it, people would see us in our T-shirts and stop to talk to us about what we are doing and would end up giving us donations. Everyone reacted really well to our chosen charities of St Lukes Hospice Plymouth & Help For Heroes, which made us more motivated to keep going. It led to a few servicemen taking us because of our charities. Even though it was exhausting it was an incredible experience and the people we met were always really interesting to talk to and it was well worth the hard work we put in.’
The participants each paid £35 to take part and sported a flashy orange T-shirt.
St Luke's Corporate Fundraiser, Lorna Damella said, ‘We would like to thank the Student Union for supporting for our charity. We are all very proud of the team's achievement getting as far as Edinburgh on a sponsored Jailbreak. The money that Jack Levick and his team from have raised will help us continue to provide free end-of-life care to our local community whether that be in hospital, at our hospice or through the St Luke’s Community Nurses who provide care for patients in their homes in Plymouth, West Devon & South East Cornwall.’
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