“Fentons Two” Great Escape raises hundreds for cancer charity

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“Fentons Two” Great Escape raises hundreds for cancer charity

14th September 2009

Steve McQueen was nowhere to be seen, but a pair of Fentons colleagues still managed their own "Great Escape" to help raise hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Legal secretaries Joanne Blackburn and Katrina Andrew volunteered to take part in the prison break to raise much-needed funds for the charity, which works to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

Joanne and Katrina, who are both based at the firm's Manchester city centre office, were dressed as convicts, handcuffed together, and taken by 'prison bus' to a mystery location.

"Our adventure started in the morning at HMP Manchester," said Joanne (left). "We knew we were going to join a group of other 'prisoners' and be taken in a blacked-out coach to somewhere in the UK. But we didn't know where we'd be dropped off," she said.

The Fentons Two - sponsored by friends, family and colleagues - 'escaped' from the bus in Bakewell, Derbyshire, and immediately set about the challenges they were set as part of the event.

"We had to find the answers to a list of Bakewell-related questions, obtain a local postcard, and get a free drink from a coffee shop before setting about the main challenge - getting back to Manchester!" said Joanne.

"We weren't allowed to spend any money or use a mobile phone, so we needed to use all our powers of persuasion to get help from the public and make our way home."

Katrina explained: "We weren't allowed to hitch-hike, so we had to persuade public transport officials to let us travel for free. Once we explained that this was all part of a charity day, people managed to ignore that we were dressed like cartoon convicts and help us get home."

The Fentons Two managed to convince a friendly bus-driver to aid their escape as far as Buxton, before persuading a train conductor to let them complete their journey to Manchester. Their Great Escape raised a massive £448.39 for Macmillan Cancer Support.