At 7.30am Friday 11th November four convicts broke out of their Blueloop House cells to escape as far as possible in 36 hours from their HQ in Yeovil, Somerset:- Julie Grant, Sales and Marketing Manager and Sarah Hatch, Office Manager, who are employed by Blueloop & provide IT and Cyber Security were the first of the teams to make their getaway. They were quickly followed by the second team of Darryn Knowles, Business Development Executive and Ryan Grant (former Blueloop employee). The challenge was made even harder as neither team were permitted to use any money fortravel, foodor accommodation and each team were handcuffed together.
The Blueloop Jailbreak challenge was organised to raise donations for BBC Children in Need. ‘We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of companies and individuals both locally and throughout the UK. We have been given drinks and snacks from the public on our Jailbreak to keep up our energy levels. We have been given several large donations from local businesses and sponsorship from local coach companies, passes for Oyster Cards and a tremendous response from the railways and bus services to help both teams on their Great Escape.’
‘We set our target of £1,500 on our Just Giving Page when we first planned the event which we thought was rather optimistic. We did not imagine for one moment that with the online donations, sponsor forms and cheques donated that we would reach beyond that target.’ Said Julie Grant.
The teams covered a total of 3138 miles during their Jailbreak and subsequent return back to Blueloop House. The boys managed to make their way to Edinburgh and the girls team were apprehended at the Police Station in Dundee (387 miles as the crow flies from HQ). Both teams made several new friends during the 36 hours and we received offers for future charity work. We all need a bit of a rest first though.
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