A student from the University of York, who survived childhood cancer at age 12, made it to Sweden as part of a Jailbreak event for children’s cancer research charity, Kidscan.

The aim of Jailbreak is to travel as far as possible in 30 hours without spending any money. Team ‘The Passengers’ consisted of students Sophia Steinsberg, Scott Wilson, and Elsie Hargate, who managed to reach Stockholm, Sweden, and raised £2,428 of the £12,019 attracted by the event.

Sophia, who is studying for a degree in Theatre and Performance at York, was herself diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare type of childhood bone cancer, when she was twelve years old. Having spent a year in hospital, and following two operations and 10 months of chemotherapy, Sophia was given the all-clear.

Commenting on the two-day event, Sophia says: “Whilst travelling to Stockholm without spending a penny was both a challenge and a lot of fun, there is a serious message behind the event. The work that Kidscan does is especially important to me having experienced the trauma of childhood cancer myself. We’re delighted to have been able to contribute to the vital work that Kidscan is doing.”

Lowri Haf Turner, Director of Development at Kidscan, comments: “Jailbreak has been a successful fundraising activity for Kidscan for a number of years. With the aim of raising money for childhood cancer research in mind, our teams have always been very determined. We are extremely thankful to Sophia and her team for their efforts on our behalf, and are thrilled with the results.”

Salford-based Kidscan has been instrumental in the funding of a range of groundbreaking research projects, with the sole purpose of providing new and improved treatments for children with cancer.

Anyone inspired by the Jailbreak students can still donate through the team’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/sepyorkjailbreak.


For more information on Kidscan, please visit www.kidscan.org.uk or call 0161 295 3864.