The all-orange cone gnomes were in fact a traffic fine-free zone, but they still want your money!
Four escapees from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Kempston were cunningly disguised as traffic calming measures in their bid to raise £1,000 for The Road Victims Trust. But the going wasn’t easy. The fancy dress challenge involved them making their way home from the previously undisclosed location, supplied with just £1 each…and no mobile phones.
But: success! They were dropped off in Brighton and left to their own devices. With no traffic calming measures to affect them they matched the fastest time home. The route covered Brighton to Gatwick on a bus, Gatwick to East Croydon on the train, East Croydon to London Bridge, London bridge to St Pancras on the Tube and then the final stretch from St Pancras to Bedford via the Thameslink.
Commissioning and Programme Manager at the OPCC, Jody Nason, along with her colleagues Joe Meader, Jennie Bayliss and Marc Hodges. “We were dropped off at a secret location before completing a series of tasks and then racing back to the end point in Kempston,” she said. “It’s all for a great cause so we hope people will help us reach our target,” she said.
“We are particularly grateful to all those who helped us en route,” she added. “We had a really decent free artisan coffee from a company on the seafront and then a free hot lunch sourced in St Pancras station - we looked tired apparently. We completed all but one of the tasks and raised money in buckets along the way!
“We’ve not quite met our target yet, so we may have to don our disguise again to see what we can raise in Bedfordshire. But alternatively people can donate via the link below.”
The Road Victims Trust offers a range of free support services to residents of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire who have been affected by fatal road collisions.
Find out more at http://www.rvtrust.org.uk/