Battle of the sexes at Norwich branch of Swinton Insurance to raise funds for Sports Relief

Four Norwich call centre workers have raised �600 for Sports Relief by taking part in a jailbreak charity challenge that took them as far as Glasgow and London's Heathrow Airport.

The girl's team of Alex O'Halloran, 28, from Hellesdon and Amy Sayer, 26, from north Norwich, competed against two of their male colleagues from the internet division of the Swinton Insurance centre on Rosary Road, Thorpe Hamlet.

The boy's team of Dan McCrory, 25, from the Riverside area of Norwich, and Phil Owen, 25, from Swaffham, competed against the girls with the aim of travelling as far away from their office as possible, without paying for or using their own transport.

The two teams competed against each other, with the girls boarding a coach to Manchester paid for by a family contact, before making their way to Glasgow.

Meanwhile, the boys hopped on a train to London using donated tickets, ending up at Heathrow and giving the girls the win.

Ashley Wilson, head of the Swinton Internet Division, said: 'The whole day was great fun, and it was a fantastic way to raise money for a worthy cause.

'We were able to track their journey using an electronic app, so being able to watch their progress throughout the day was really interesting.'

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The Norwich branch was decorated with balloons and staff entered sales competitions to win shopping vouchers and scratch cards, all raising more money for Sports Relief.

Ashley added: 'Everyone got behind the teams. Swinton organises three or four charity events per year across the company, in aid of chosen charities. This year, the three chosen are Sports Relief, Marie Curie Cancer Care, and Children in Need.

'Further fundraising events will be held at Swinton's branches, call centres and head office throughout the rest of the year.'

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