The Great Xscape in Lowestoft helps boost St Elizabeth Hospice

St Elizabeth Hospice's Great Xscape challenge starting in Lowestoft. Teams are blindfolded and driven to a secret location and made to find there way back without any money, maps, mobile phones.
A1 Carpets team from Halesworth

Picture: James Bass St Elizabeth Hospice's Great Xscape challenge starting in Lowestoft. Teams are blindfolded and driven to a secret location and made to find there way back without any money, maps, mobile phones. A1 Carpets team from Halesworth Picture: James Bass

Sunday, October 14, 2012
3:53 PM

Daring teams of people were blindfolded, driven to a secret location, and left to find their way back to Lowestoft as the Great Xscape challenge hit town.

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Eight intrepid teams of three or four – most dressed in fancy dress - all took up the secret mission to raise funds in aid of a local charity.

And organisers of Great Xscape: Lowestoft – the sponsored fund-raising challenge set up to boost St Elizabeth Hospice - were delighted as £4,000 was raised for the charity, which provides local Hospice care and has recently expanded its services in Waveney and Great Yarmouth.

Choosing to accept the Mission Impossible-sque task were organisations from across Norfolk and Suffolk. Their challenge, after arriving at the Hotel Victoria in Lowestoft on Saturday morning was to be blindfolded, dropped off in the middle of nowhere and they then had to find their way back to the hotel in the fastest time they could - in any way they could.

With no money, maps or mobiles, the teams also had to complete a series of clues before making their way back to the finish line, from their secret location - which turned out to be Minsmere nature reserve.

All the teams were sponsored for the event - with the first team to arrive back at the hotel was staff from Fosters Solicitors - which has branches in Lowestoft, Wymondham, Bungay and Norwich - who returned in two hours and 20 minutes. They made a banner saying “help us for charity” to attract cars and they managed to get three lifts.

But the winning team - who answered the most clues along the route and got back in good time - was staff from A1 Carpets in Halesworth.

The prize for best fancy dress went to Happy Feet, made up of Hospice fund-raisers who were dressed as penguins.

Teams found their way back through north Suffolk in a variety of ways - one team got on a boat, others hitched, walked or ran.

Leanne Carhart, St Elizabeth Hospice’s event fund-raiser, said: “It was a fantastic day and we would like to thank all the teams and everyone who supported them. This was our first Great Xscape event in Lowestoft since we expanded our services into Waveney and Great Yarmouth and we are very grateful for the support we have received in our new area.”

●See more pictures and a full report in the Lowestoft Journal and Eastern Daily Press.

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