A LEEDS student is hitchhiking her way across Europe to raise cash for a charity that supported her best friend.
Liz Egan, 21, set off yesterday from Leeds and has 36 hours to get as far across Europe as possible, without spending any money and relying solely on the kindness of strangers to get her there.
History student Liz is taking part in the annual Leeds Jail Break challenge, which is run by the University of Leeds’ RAG Society.
The money raised by Liz will go to Syncope Trust and Reflex anoxic Seizures (STARS), which helped support her best friend Tom Johnson and his family through a crippling autonomic disorder.
In 2011, Tom was diagnosed with postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS), which is an abnormality of functioning of the involuntary nervous system.
Liz said: “Tom has been living with this condition for nearly five years.
“There is so little awareness of this condition nationally, and as such, very little funding into research.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge and will be thinking of Tom as I hone my powers of persuasion along the way.”
The STARS charity aims to ensure anyone with unexplained loss of consciousness receives a quick and accurate diagnosis, treatment and support.
To sponsor Liz, visit http://www.justgiving.com/Liz-EganJailBreak.