Newcastle University students' fundraising gets them to Hong Kong

Three Newcastle University students have raised funds for the Kidscan charity by travelling to Hong Kong for free

Newcastle University students George Bullock, Alexandra Wild and Lizzy Stringer
Newcastle University students George Bullock, Alexandra Wild and Lizzy Stringer

A group of students from Newcastle University have travelled to Hong Kong without spending any money to raise vital funds for a children’s cancer charity.

The three students journeyed more than 5,800 miles as part of the Jailbreak challenge in aid of the charity Kidscan.

Contestants are sponsored to travel as far as possible from their starting location in 30 hours, without spending any of their own cash.

This year’s winning team was made up of three Newcastle students in a team called Geordie Shore to Shore. The team was made up George Bullock, 18, a history and politics student from Croatia, Alexandra Wild, 19, from Ilkley in West Yorkshire, and Lizzy Stringer, 19, from Bury.

After contacting a number of airlines, the team managed to secure free flights from Heathrow, raising £400 in sponsorship to pay for air tax.

They used money from a bake sale to board a train to London, where a fellow passenger donated £20 for their Tube travel. However, a kind-hearted Tube manager allowed them to travel for free.

Arriving in Hong Kong at 1pm local time, the team used the leftover £20 to travel on the metro into the city centre.

They then took a taxi to their final destination at the top of Victoria Peak.

George said: “The Kidscan Jailbreak was an exciting challenge which my friends and I couldn’t wait to tackle. By placing the charity and its message at the forefront of our fundraising efforts, we were able to travel all the way to Hong Kong whilst raising money for an invaluable cause in the process.”

Seven of this year’s nine Jailbreak teams made it abroad, raising a total of almost £5,000 for Salford-based Kidscan.

Kidscan fundraising manager Lowri Turner said: “We have run the Kidscan Jailbreak for over nine years and it continues to be our most popular fundraising activity.

“It always excites us to see just how far our contestants make it with nothing but their sense of adventure and youthful charisma!

“Donations are still being taken for those who have been inspired by the Jailbreak students, and you can donate quickly and easily by texting JAIL36 followed by an amount to 70070.”

Kidscan, which recently celebrated its 10th birthday, has raised money to fund a range of groundbreaking research projects with the purpose of providing new and improved treatments for children with cancer.


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