Harpenden woman takes part in The Great Escape for charity

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 June 2016

They managed to get free bus rides to help them on their mission

They managed to get free bus rides to help them on their mission


Dropped off at a mystery location and given £1 to get home, three women embarked on a difficult mission.

Deborah Saini, who lives in Harpenden, and two others, challenged themselves to The Great Escape, where seven teams were taken 150 miles away and had to find their way back with only £1 to spend.

It was in aid of The Road Victims Trust – a charity which offers support to residents of Herts, Beds and Bucks who have been affected by fatal road collisions.

Deborah’s team called themselves Florrie’s Floosies and dressed up as 1940’s land army girls as they attempted to get from Brighton seafront to the Road Victims Trust HQ in Bedford.

They had to complete a sheet containing 30 tasks during their travels which included taking photos at landmarks, getting a stick of rock and a matchbox of sand.

Deborah, who is the head of the personal injury department at the law firm Pictons, said: “It was difficult and it was mentally and physically tiring.

“I had absolutely no idea how we would get home and it was very challenging.

“We had to be very inventive and of course we had to ensure that we kept ourselves safe and secure.”

The day started at 8am and the team took around 12 hours to get home by getting themselves free bus rides and a lift from a motorist. Deborah continued: “We blagged an emergency ticket for Tunbridge Wells but ended up getting a different bus to Crawley, after running for the original bus and missing it.

“At this point we were in low spirits.

“We called on all friendly drivers to take pity on us in our land girls costumes and to get us home as soon as possible.”

So far they have raised £1,850 of their £2,000 target and Deborah will be selling raffle tickets at work for extra fundraising.

To donate to the Florrie’s Floosies Great Escape Challenge, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Florries-Floosies

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