Former pupil Alexandra Wild (BGGS 2013) and her fellow first year Classics students from Newcastle University took flight this week on their ‘Jailbreak’ challenge to get as far in the world as possible in 36 hours without using their own money.
Alex and the team made it as far as Hong Kong, in the process raising over , £1,600 for the charity, Kidscan which supports research into new and improved treatments for children with cancer.
With sponsorship secured from a wide range of companies, including Liberty Living and The Trent House Pub, fundraising activities on campus and generous donations from family and friends, the team were delighted to surpass their initial target of £1,000.
Alex, who regularly volunteers for Cancer Research, said: ‘Few families, sadly, remain untouched by cancer. Our team chose to support Kidscan because it is a unique and vital cause being the only charity which supports research into specifically children’s cancers’.
She added: ‘My teammate, Lizzi, lost a five year old cousin to a rare form of cancer. My inspiration was an uncle whom I never had the opportunity to know. My mother’s brother, Reggie, died from leukaemia at the age of twelve’.
Alex would like to express the team’s gratitude to all its sponsors, particularly the airline which donated tickets and the many generous supporters from her home town of Ilkley and its surrounding areas.
Photograph: Alex Wild, left, with her colleagues George Bullock and Elizabeth Stringer, pictured in Hong Kong.
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