Students hitching to Poland on budget of £15

Sheffeld University students who are attempting a charity-hitch hike to Poland
Sheffeld University students who are attempting a charity-hitch hike to Poland
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A GROUP of Sheffield University students hit the road for a hitch-hiking marathon to raise money for charities.

The 330 youngsters are taking part in the Bummit event this week - attempting to get from Sheffield to Krakow in Poland on a budget of just £15.

They will be relying on the kindness of strangers to get them to their target destination by Monday, one week after they set off from the university’s Student Union.

The stunt is organised by the Student RAG - Raising and Giving - group, with those involved collecting sponsorship for taking part.

One of the eight charities being supported this year is the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind, who are keen to use any cash donated to fund Braille training at their centre in Mappin Street.

Madeleine Whitehead, one of the organisers of the event, said: “Many people forget that charities such as this help not only those that are fully blind, but people with varying conditions - therefore catering for a huge audience. After visiting the society it was apparent that they offer a huge range of facilities.”

Jane Furness, a fundraiser at the charity, added: “We were thrilled to hear that the students wanted to support us and we’ve been really impressed by their commitment to making this event happen.

“Their support will really make a difference to our charity and their enthusiasm is contagious.”