Break out for charity

PUBLISHED: 17:42 23 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:02 11 May 2010

Would-be felons Eric Hibbert and Ian Chandler

Would-be felons Eric Hibbert and Ian Chandler

FUNDRAISERS are going on the run this weekend as they attempt to break out of Ashwell lock up. The felons will be going making a break for freedom to raise funds for local charity Diaplante, which funds projects in the African country of Mauritania. L

FUNDRAISERS are going on the run this weekend as they attempt to break out of Ashwell lock up.

The "felons" will be going making a break for freedom to raise funds for local charity Diaplante, which funds projects in the African country of Mauritania.

Liz Chandler, from Diaplante, said: "We got the idea after seeing some students in Cambridge undertaking a similar challenge in their RAG week.

"All the participants will start off at the lock up, and have 36 hours to see how far away they can get. They won't have a car, or any money, although they have the option to use 10 per cent of their sponsorship money as an 'escape fund."

All money raised will go towards Diaplante's Wheelchairs for Mauritania appeal. It is estimated that there are 200,000 physically disabled people in Mauritania, but despite this, wheelchairs and other disability aids remain scarce.

Next month, a jailbreak supper will take place to raise more cash for the appeal. It will be held at Ashwell School on Saturday May 16, beginning at 7.45pm. Tickets are £10, or £5 for jailbreakers. To book phone 01462 743091.

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