Vranch House is a centre for the treatment of over 2,000 outpatients with physical difficulties, a provider of various therapies throughout Devon and an independent Day School in Exeter for children with significant physical difficulties.

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Dartmoor Jailbreak

31st Dartmoor Jailbreak - 10.30am Sat 26th April 2014

Over £625,000 Raised since 1984

Teams invited to enter now. They may split their funds with other causes.

Organiser from 1985 to 2012, Sue Gould said,”Teams usually have an amazing time!"


£31,780 raised by one team led by Brian Cross of Plymouth in one year - they escaped to Brunei where the then 2nd wife of the Sultan donated £30,000! They were also interviewed on Brunei TV. Brian joined forces with Gordon Sparks of Radio Devon 8 years later raising nearly £14,000 and returned to Brunei.

11,916 miles to Auckland by grannies Sharyn Langford of Chudleigh & Muriel Fisher of Kingskerswell - they have taken part 8 times & been on TV in Australia, Hongkong & the USA!

Exeter’s Dream-A-Way has created the most records over the years with 21 being achieved in one year. These include Most Men Kissed -  1,249 by Liz Gill & Glen King, 21 Roller Coasters by Bob & Stephen Beer, Ian Sanders & Adrian Holcombe, 454 rides on Motor Cycles by Kassandra Bell, Most Elderly Escapers - 153 years - Charlie Thomas 69 & Ivy Lane 84 & First Father & Daughter Escaping Together Annually for 6 years - Jeff Merrett & Nicki Dawson.

The Commando Training Centre - Royal Marines at Lympstone were on 29 radio stations in 48 hours.
29 Commando based at Plymouth  completed 2 marathons in 2 consecutive days.

RNAS Culdrose from Helston were winched up by a Merlin helicopter. RNAS Culdrose also have records for escaping in a mobile diving tank which they “parked” in the centre of Exeter and displayed their diving skills! In other years they made a 9 man amphibious bicycle to escape on, went 16,000 miles to the Falklands & back

RAF Chivenor when at Barnstaple descended 3,061ft down Clipstone Colliery.

Noel Edmond’s gave a lift in his personal helicopter to Lynsey Sansom & Sarah Hammond of Okehampton.

The Dartmoor Outdoor Sports Society climbed 11 mountains in 36 hours. Topsham’s Norman Croucher OBE climbed a 3,010ft Snowdonian mountain using his artificial legs. Some Plymouth climbers led by James Harrington repeatedly went up & down a rock to climb a total of 29,250ft - Everest is 29,028ft.

The Torbay Police, Michael Griffiths, Dick Scagell & Shaun Philpot reached 22 countries in 4 days, they have many other records from their 11 escapes including being “arrested” in 13 countries.

Sheffield University Officers’ Training Corps achieved 160 “arrests” by Police & citizens.

Plympton & Kingsbridge Policemen, Phill Fuller and Terry Hall were towed away in a sled by a team of huskies. The Totnes Police went to Alcatraz and back in 48 hours.

Kevin Clarke & Stephen Lane of Tiverton collected in 367 licensed premises in 104 hours. Kevin, whose team has raised over £26,000 will be on his 11th escape in 2011 with daughter Amy.

Plymouth Skills Development Centre used 186 forms of transport in their 12 hour escape.

Kevin Presland of Plymouth and his team cycled 414 miles to Gretna Green in 4 days.

See BOOK OF RECORDS for hundreds more

The rules are simple - Teams of two or more are challenged to raise money for Vranch House for children with cerebral palsy & all children with physical difficulties (50% can go to another another cause if Teams so wish) and :-

Win a place in the Jailbreak Book of Records by breaking old and creating new records of their choice while ‘on the run’ from Dartmoor Prison and wearing prison gear or other disguise. (Teams are actually released from near the Prison)

Teams have 12, 24, 36, 48 , 72, 96 hours or 168 hours (a week). They must not pay for transport but must keep within the law! The escape route may be prearranged, free tickets may be obtained or others can pay for or lend transport. Minimum age is 16.

For an entry form and free information pack, including the Book of Records please ring/fax 
Andrew Barge of Vranch House on Exeter 01392 463819 or email andrew.barge@vranchhouse.org.