StudentsÂ’ 700 mile charity fundraiser

Three students from Somerset College in Taunton have raised over
£800 for Cancer Research UK and Help for Heroes after hitch-hiking,
walking and being chauffeur driven in a Mercedes, from Plymouth to
Edinburgh in just 17 hours.

The students, Anthony Grabham, Steve Ives and Bons Ralph all
studying a Foundation Degree in Computer and Internet Technology
at the College were taking part in an event known as ‘Jailbreak’,
part of the national student charity week, Rag Week.

The trio were not allowed to use their own money for transport and
had to blag, beg and busk their way to Edinburgh from Plymouth, with
just a hand written sign to tell people they were hitch-hiking for charity.
En route they got lifts from truckers, a chauffeur driven Mercedes and
members of the public, one of whom dropped them off 10 miles from the
nearest main road in the middle of the night, which meant working through
the country side until they were picked up again. 

As well as ‘thumbing’ down lifts the students also had to undertake a number
of challenges throughout their journey, including having their picture taken with a
man with a moustache and collecting specific items from various locations.  

Student Anthony Grabham said, “We had a great time taking part in
Jailbreak! We got to meet some really interesting people on our travels
and we want to thank them for their help and sponsorship – we are so
pleased to have raised over £800!

“People still have time to sponsor us and support the two popular charities,
Cancer Research UK and Help for Heroes by visiting: to donate or emailing”

Jailbreak was part of the University of Plymouth’s Rag Week, one of the
awarding bodies of Somerset College’s degree courses.

Caption: From left to right, students Bons Ralph, Steve Ives and Anthony Grabham at Michael Wood’s service station, near Bristol, en route to Edinburgh.