Four Buckingham men took part in a charity ‘Gaolbreak’ with a view to raising £1,000 for Padbury-based charity Ali’s Dream on March 2.
Lance Peacock and his son Ashley set off from the Old Gaol with friends Phillip Dillow and James Davies, each aiming to get as far as possible by 4pm without any money.
Each of them carried a copy of the Advertiser featuring our pre-event report, to show people what the stunt was about.
Mr Dillow reached Banbury. But the others found people so keen to help that Mr Davies and Mr Peacock Jnr got as far as Stoke on Trent.
Mr Peacock Snr got as far as Haydock Park, on the other side of Liverpool. He would have got further but his wife, Laura Ingles, who was due to pick them all up, told him he needed to start getting lifts back towards Buckingham.
She eventually picked all three of them up at the services at Junction 10 of the M6. That evening, they celebrated at the Woolpack and raised a further £30 in donations.
Mr Peacock said: “Everyone was brilliant. We met some amazing people who all wanted to help and many went out of their way to take us an extra junction, etc.
“We are now planning what we can do to top this.”