Midnight Madness charity challenge to debut in UK at Savoy Place

Image credit: Photograph: Rachel Elkind

Savoy Place, the IET’s flagship London building, will be among the venues for a one-night challenge this month that will see teams racing across London throughout the night to solve a series of puzzles.

The event is the first UK leg of Midnight Madness, a fund-raising initiative described as “the Crystal Maze meets immersive theatre” that launched in New York in 2015 when 21 teams pitted their wits against one another in New York.

The game involves a series of cleverly camouflaged, ingenious and devilishly difficult puzzles, the answers to which reveal the location of the next puzzle as competitors race around the capital until the finishing line looms as the sun rises.

Between sunset on 19 May and daybreak on 20 May 2018, up to 30 teams will spend the hours of darkness hunting for and solving puzzles embedded in London’s urban landscape. Challenges could involve manipulating lasers with multiple mirrors to unlock a clue in a warehouse, cracking the combination to a safe hidden in an empty bank or sending light signals to a boat on the Thames.

The aim is to raise money for the Raise Your Hands initiative, which supports small charities working to improve the lives of children. Beneficiaries are groups which, although proven to be effective, often don’t have the time or resources to fundraise for themselves because of their smaller scale. In its first three years of grant making, Raise Your Hands has committed half a million pounds to eligible groups. A broad base of corporate and individual supporters who cover operating costs means that 100 per cent of donations are passed on.

To find out more, including details of how to volunteer to help on the night, visit the Midnight Madness web site: https://madnessuk.com/

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