Jailbreak Challenge launched to aid Redwood Park School in Portsmouth

Wave 105's Rick Jackson and Claire Allen from Checkatrade launch the Jailbreak Challenge at Redwood Park School in Cosham.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141365-2) PPP-140516-164815003

Wave 105's Rick Jackson and Claire Allen from Checkatrade launch the Jailbreak Challenge at Redwood Park School in Cosham.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141365-2) PPP-140516-164815003

Left to right: Derren Jones (4), nursery manager Cathy Carley (50), Poppy Wicks (2) and Wanda Steward (36). 

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IMAGINE being stranded miles from home and trying to get back without any money or a mobile phone.

That’s what people are being tasked with as part of a big fundraiser to support a school for children with special needs.

The Jailbreak Challenge is being organised in support of Redwood Park School in Cosham. The school needs £130,000 to build new changing facilities for its swimming pool, with heating, toilets and showers.

Teams of four will be transported to prison but en route they will escape at an unknown location and will have to get back to the hideout at the school as quickly as they can without spending any money or using a phone.

Headteacher Lynda Butt, said: ‘I can’t believe that this is all for our school.

‘We are very fortunate to have a lovely indoor heated swimming pool.

‘Unfortunately for some of our pupils the condition of the current changing facilities can be a barrier to engagement in swimming.

‘The new changing rooms will make a huge difference ensuring that, before and after swimming, all our pupils feel safe in a brilliant fit-for-purpose environment that is warm, light and bright with modern facilities.’

It is being supported by the Checkatrade Foundation and Wave 105’s Cash for Kids.

Checkatrade fundraiser Claire Allen said: ‘We wanted to do something fun. It’s not the same event you hear about all the time. It’s going to be great having these teams of convicts “on the loose”.’

Wave 105 DJ and News columnist Rick Jackson said: ‘They are very brave because nobody wants to be stranded in the middle of nowhere with no money and no idea how to get home.

‘You’ve got to have your wits about you and have a bit of confidence. You’ve got to be brave. We can give them some help on the radio. It will be good fun.’

The challenge takes place on Saturday, July 5.

To enter visit wave105.com/charity/get-involved/jailbreak-challenge or call 01489 481099. Registration costs £40 per team and people are being asked to raise sponsorship.

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