Students flee university for fundraiser

Two law students from Leeds are hoping to charm their way to victory in a hitch-hiking challenge that will help to change the lives of disabled children.

Rowenna Harris and Karlee Dunn-Jackson will flee the Leeds University campus this morning and aim to get as far as possible in 36 hours.

But they won't have a penny in their pocket, and will instead by relying on a map, their powers of persuasion and the generosity of members of the public.

The duo will race against the clock as part of a Jailbreak Challenge set up by Leeds University RAG.

Rowenna and Karlee will be supporting Caudwell Children, a charity which provides practical and emotional support to disabled children throughout the UK.

The 22-year-olds have already raised more than £500 for the charity ahead of their challenge.

We heard about the Jailbreak and thought it was a really different and exciting fundraising idea, one that would allow us to get a lot of people involved, particularly through social media. So far it seems to be working, we have received a lot of support on Twitter and people seem really interested in how we're going to get on.

– Rowenna Harris

We are very excited to be chosen by Rowenna and Karlee to benefit from their incredible challenge. We will be supporting them as much as possible and keeping up-to-date with their progress. It is thanks to the generosity and thoughtfulness of people like Rowenna and Karlee that we are able to continue providing vital support to disabled children and their families.

We would urge people to get behind Rowenna and Karlee's efforts and support their amazing adventure.

– Trudi Beswick, chief executive of Caudwell Children