UEA students hold a unique fundraising event to raise over £9,000 for charity UEA students hold a unique fundraising event to raise over £9,000 for charity

Students from UEA Livewire1350

A unique charity fundraising event organised by UEA’s student radio station Livewire1350 has raised thousands of pounds for Save the Children.

Their Jailbreak event saw over 25 teams of students battling it out to get as far away from campus as possible within 48 hours – without using any of their own resources. This meant relying on the charity of others to get them out of Norwich and beyond, at the same time fundraising for the radio station’s chosen charity.

This year’s winning team managed to make it to Budapest in the allocated time – 863 miles away from campus. The team comprised of Chemistry students Nick Czubin and Matthew Need. Second and third places went to the teams who made it to Frioul Archipelago and Milan.

During the weekend the team behind the student radio station stayed on-air throughout, updating listeners on-air on the whereabouts of the participating teams.

So far £9,000 has been raised for Save the Children with further donations to be counted from bucket collections.

The winning team in BudapestTom Etheridge, Head of Programming at the station, said: “I am really proud of the success of this year's Jailbreak.

“Once again a huge amount has been raised for charity, both by the teams hitchhiking across Europe and by the team manning the 48 hour live broadcast from the library.

“Considering that £25 will pay for three 'safe birth kits' allowing mothers to safely give birth at home in Africa, and that £625 can pay for a new classroom, this money will make a massive impact on so many lives.”

Livewire is one of 200 Student Union societies which students can join at the University of East Anglia. It has helped launch the career of a number of radio broadcasters since its launch including Greg James – the host of Radio 1’s afternoon programme.

This year the station will celebrate its 25th birthday with events taking place on campus in April to commemorate the achievement.