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The Sheffield-based sister companies, Gripple and Loadhog are inviting local companies and teams to support its charity ‘hitchhike’ – Jailbreak – and raise cash for their chosen charities.


The idea of the innovative fund-raiser is for teams to have 48 hours to get as far away as possible from a city ‘prison’ without paying for any form of transport!


The ‘escapees’, in teams of at least two people aged more than 18 years, can be sponsored by the mile or the whole trip by friends, family and companies and shake buckets on the way, with the target of raising at least £500 per team. They can hitch rides on any form of transport or persuade companies in advance to provide transport, tickets or accommodation. However, they cannot use their own vehicles or money for the outward journey.


Jen Handley, Supply Chain Coordinator & Catherine King Sales and Marketing Coordinator


The charity ‘break out’ from one of Gripple’s Sheffield bases is planned for September 16th. When the ‘fugitives’ decide they can ‘run’ no further they must take team photographs  beside a local landmark and buy a local newspaper as evidence of their arrival.


There will be prizes for the team of ‘renegades’ which ‘hikes’ the furthest – as the crow flies having been tracked by the GPS system –  raises the most cash or uses the most extraordinary mode of transport.


Gripple and Loadhog’s ‘deserters’ are hitchhiking for Weston Park Hospital, the Sheffield Children’s Hospital, The Royal Society for the Blind and The Alzheimer’s Society. Gripple and Loadhog will provide comprehensive health, safety, insurance and international advice during the planning phase.


Companies keen to support Jailbreak in kind or teams wanting to register by September 2nd should contact Gordon Macrae at Gripple on 0114 2288 659 or Catherine King at Loadhog on 0114 2800 800.