Southampton RAG Jailbreak event raises £5,400 for charity

The money will go to Action Against Hunger, Alzheimer’s society and HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust.

The University of Southampton’s RAG (Raise and Give) society have succeeded in raising an estimated £5,400 for charity during their annual Jailbreak event last weekend.

The event, which took place on the 19th and 20th of November this year, challenged teams of two or three to get as far away from campus as they could in 36 hours- all without using any of their own money!

Each of the 63 participants were required to fundraise a minimum of £50 per person in order to take part in the challenge.

This year, the chosen charities that will benefit from this fundraising are the Alzheimer’s Society, Action Against Hunger and HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust.

Jarvis Stanton, who organised the event, remarked “It was an incredible two days that raised a huge amount of money for three very worthy causes. A massive thank you to all the participants, volunteers and everyone who donated to the teams”.

Vice- President Engagement, Dan Varley, explained “Jailbreak is one of my favourite events because it encourages students to get out of their comfort zones and go somewhere new in the name of charity.”

The winning team, self-titled “The Bailers”, made it over 3000 miles away to The Gambia in the time limit. However, other teams also reached Gran Canarias, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Inverness.

Jailbreak forms part of the Trinity events along with Enigma (A bar crawl in a mystery location) which is due to take place during RAG week in February and Lost, which will run in April.

This is a similar challenge which involves teams being dropped 99 miles away from campus and requires them to make their way back whilst completing a list of mini tasks along the way.