Four members of staff from the River Meadows care home, in Warwick Road, Kineton, dressed as Minions from the hit film Despicable Me to take part in Heart FM’s ‘Run for Home’ charity event.
The teams were all transported to a secret location up to 100 miles away from their first checkpoint and then tasked with getting home in the quickest possible time, without spending a single penny.
Mel Oliver, manager of the 41-bedroom River Meadows care home, said: “The team found themselves in Milton Keynes and were told to get to Leamington Spa.
“A taxi driver kindly gave them a lift to a nearby station where they caught the train to Northampton but they almost got themselves arrested for not having a ticket. Thankfully, as it was for charity they were allowed to carry on and eventually got to Coventry.
“We then managed to get a lift to Leamington for the first stop-off and were able to flag down a driver who took them to the second checkpoint at Edgbaston.
“We do not condone fair dodging on public transport and we don’t normally encourage our staff to hitchhike, but when it’s all for a good cause as part of a safe, organised event, then why not?!
The event, held on Sunday, September 28, helped raise funds for disadvantaged children in the West Midlands and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The River Meadows team raised £1,400 for the ‘Make Some Noise’ charity, including a £250 donation from PrimeLife, which runs the home.
Mel added: “We’re very proud of the team who made a great effort and raised a considerable amount for a worthwhile charity.”