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Chemical Engineers win charity jailbreak

last modified Jan 22, 2014 02:15 PM
Chemical Engineers win charity jailbreak

Henry Fovargue and Annie Spencer

Henry Fovargue and Annie Spencer, both Chemical Engineering undergraduates, have been raising money for charity by taking part in the RAG Jailbreak Challenge.

They say, "On Friday 30th January, we set out to complete our RAG Jailbreak Challenge. This involved escaping as far as possible away from Cambridge without using any of our own money on transport. All of this was in aid of charity - specifically World Vision whom we were raising money for. With our friends from home sponsoring us per mile travelled, we knew we would raise a huge amount if we managed to get a flight- so we headed off to Heathrow.

We called several local radio stations to publicise the event, and encourage passers by to pick us up. Unfortunatly after an hour of this, we had no offers, and started asking the passers by for loose change towards the bus fare. We just gathered enough money to catch the 10:30 bus to airport.

After asking numerous airlines for a free ticket and told time and time again it was company policy not to give these out we headed to arrivals, where we started 6 hours asking the public for £1-2 to contribute to a flight. After a long day, we found incredibly cheap flights to New York, via Detroit and booked them straight away. The rest of the weekend was a whirl wind tour of Detroit and New York before heading back to Cambridge on Monday.

The whole event should raise £1300 for World Vision, doubling our initial target. This is all thanks to the kind people at Heathrow who really helped us out and all our sponsors at home, especially Wharton Goldsmith, who donated a beautiful Links of London Necklace as a prize in our sponsorship competition."