Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Police cadets break out of jail - for charity

Lancaster and Morecambe police cadets have raised more than £1,000 for charity by taking part in a sponsored jail break.

The group of 16-19 year olds had to get as far as they could from Lancaster Castle and back in eight hours – without spending money.

They all managed to get out of Lancashire with the help of donated train and bus tickets from Stagecoach and help from family and friends – and the winning team managed to get all the way to Glasgow.

Other teams reached Wales, Manchester, Cumbria, Hull and Leeds.

Some of the cadets travelled in fancy dress and the teams carried donation buckets around with them.

Overall, the cadets raised £1010.30 for the Brain Research Trust which was chosen as the ‘cadet charity of the year’ in memory of Detective Inspector Glen Oldham, who worked for Lancashire Constabulary but sadly died suddenly from a brain stem haemorrhage in November 2010.

“I used to be a police cadet and I took part in a charity jail break," says organiser PCSO Nicolle Croft. "It was great fun and a really unusual way to raise money for charity. I think it teaches the cadets teamwork and helps to boost their confidence, they had to plan their routes and approach businesses for support which I think is a really great life skill.”

• Glen Oldham’s wife Audrey has set up a website in his memory. Find out more by visiting

• Find out how to become a police cadet:

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