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Formally Lost

Hitchhiking the Durham Way!

Time to put your swankiest black tie on as you set off on a hitchhiking adventure. Once dropped off in a secret location within the UK you will be racing against the clock to make it back to Durham in time to be dined at an exclusive formal! Filled with a 3 course meal and entertainment it is a night not to be missed. So get out those Durham-esque loafers and strap on those stilettos as you get ready for Durham’s rogue-est event to date.


Date: February 2017
Sing up opens: TBA
Entry fee: £40 participation fee plus £40 fundraising target
Charity: This is a fundraising event. 
Get Involved with African Street Children (GI ASCO) or DUCK Allocations




Get Involved with the African Street Children Organisation (GI ASCO) provides accommodation and support for 30 street boys, aged 7-17 years, in Jinja, Uganda, most of which have been orphaned, abandoned or have absconded due to family breakdown, reconstitution or abuse. This lead them to a life of homelessness, on the streets, where the boys survived by begging and were malnourished with poor general health. GI ASCO provides a safe, loving and nurturing home environment where the boys can develop physically, socially, educationally and emotionally and are offered educational opportunities and receive support and counselling in regards to their personal experiences. We have recently opened a transition home for boys who have reached the age of 18 and are now being supported in higher education or to get a job within the community. Our next step is to open an assessment and rehabilitation centre to be able to support children who are now living on the streets, to help them cope with the transition from street life to either residential care or reunification with their family.

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DUCK Local Charities Fund

The DUCK Local Charities Fund is specifically distributed to local charities, specifically in the North East, through the DUCK Allocation Process. Any local charity and charitable cause can apply. This year DUCK gave £24,000 to local causes through the Allocations Process including  grants to animal, health, education and community causes. From Beanstalk, a children literacy charity, to Scout groups, to hospices, to Women's and LGBT centres. 

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What is it?

The game is simple. Dress in your best black-tie and prepare for what is sure to be a delightful meal! Well, it’s almost so simple… You’re first blindfolded, dropped off in the middle of nowhere, and are left with the instruction to race back to Durham in time for dinner. Those who make it in time for the meal will be rewarded with dinner in the picturesque Castle Great Hall, at a private formal set to sign off DUCK Week,

What am I racing for?

Participants will be racing back in order to attend a fully prepared meal on the night. Some may saunter in for the starter, and some may emerge diligently for the dessert, while the coolest cats of the crew will already be there enjoying their meal, and the slackers will be stuck. 

How do I join?

Orgaise yourself a partner, sign up here individually, but stating your team names when asked to create a team of two.

Send an email to to be added to the event’s mailing list for up-to-date news on what’s going on. You are definitely encouraged to use this event as a first date – a bonding experience like no other! 

For more information about challenges events please email: