Jailbreak challenge appeal

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 January 2011 | UPDATED: 16:26 03 May 2017

Chantelle Henderson

Chantelle Henderson


A WESTON woman is taking part in a prison break event to raise money for a charity close to her heart.

Chantelle Henderson will be testing out her begging, borrowing and blagging techniques in Weston Hospicecare’s second ever jailbreak challenge in April.

She managed to get as far away as Mansfield during the event last year and claimed the coldest final destination prize by having her photo taken in the freezer aisle of an Iceland store.

This time round she will be breaking free from jail with her co-conspirator Stacey Ford, who is also from Weston.

Chantelle said: “I’m really looking forward to the event this year. I’m hoping I may even get overseas after honing my skills last year.

“I want to do it because Weston Hospicecare has helped my family and I was really impressed with the support that was on offer from them.”

The fund-raising challenge, which raised nearly £8,000 last year for the Uphill-based organisation, encourages participants to beg, borrow or blag themselves as far away from the start point of Burnham’s police station in 24 hours.

The event is held on April 23 and 24 over the Bank Holiday weekend which gives ‘escapee prisoners’ more time to recover to spend an extra day or two in their final destination.

Andy Rowse, also from Weston, has signed up to the event with his brothers and friends after hearing of the charity’s New Year New You campaign, which encourages people to do something fun while raising cash for the charity.

He said: “We are all really looking forward to it because it will be something totally new and very exciting to see where we will all end up.”

Teams of two or more can register for the challenge and an added twist in this year’s event is a points system, where people will get more points depending on where they end up.

Prizes will be awarded for the furthest distance travelled, the most sponsorship raised and the most unusual final destination.

To sign up for the challenge call 01934 423965 or visit www.westonhospicecare.org.uk/jailbreak

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