Girls’ ‘jailbreak’ to Europe

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A team of intrepid young women from Rugby have staged a daring escape to Europe for a dramatic getaway – and hope to return victorious.

Six members of 7th Rugby Rangers Senior Section broke out from Bilton School on Saturday before embarking on an action-packed eight-day adventure across the continent.

Their aim is to triumph in the Girlguiding Midlands Jailbreak Challenge.

Speaking before they left, team member Amy Thorne said: “It’s such an amazing opportunity to visit all these countries and cram so many experiences and adventures into such a short time.

“We did all the planning and came up with the idea for our prison break ourselves.”

The team - aged between 16 and 59 - are competing against more than 100 Girlguiding members from across the Midlands, each challenged to go on the run through at least three countries completing a series of tricky tasks, with the aim of grabbing enough points to earn their ‘parole’.

The Rugby fugitives set out with a plan to visit Belgium, Switzerland and Germany.

On their way, they are tackling tasks including taking part in a cultural, sporting or rural event, trying a local speciality, sharing a meal with local Guides or Scouts and having their picture taken with a police officer.

The group have raised all funds for their escapade themselves by packing bags in supermarkets, running craft fairs, organising raffles and manning a Christmas stall.

They have been supporting The No Way Trust, which helps deter young people from a life of crime.

Following the trip, the team will return to the UK to receive their parole and enjoy a well-earned finale celebration, where the winners will be announced.

To find out more about the international opportunities on offer through Guiding, and for details on how to join, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.