The Students’ Union at the University of Lincoln has once again come up with a unique challenge to test the endurance of its sabbatical officers and raise hundreds of pounds for this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal.


Students’ Union President Tom Watney and Athletic Union and Societies President Glen Wilson will spend 24 hours in a two-seater Mercedes-Benz Smart Car.


The vehicle, provided by Listers Mercedes-Benz, will be their home from 1pm on Thursday 17th November through to 1pm on Friday 18th November with no escape, not even for toilet breaks.


Glen who is 6' 3", said: "Despite my height the size of the car should not be too much of a problem - in fact I am pretty sure it is bigger than the bedsit I lived in during my first year studying in Lincoln."


Straight after emerging from the Smart car both Glen and Tom are due to play in a charity football tournament, also in aid of Children in Need.


According to Tom this will make the challenge even more demanding: “Playing football straight after being confined in a cramped space for 24 hours is going to be interesting. However, I should be fine just so long as I warm up properly and Glen hasn't already killed me by then." 


The car will be parked outside the Students’ Union office on the university's main Brayford Pool Campus.


As well as taking part in a Children in Need five-a-side football tournament which will kick-off at 6pm on Friday 18th November at the university’s Sports and Recreation Centre, staff will be paying to dress down for the day and holding a cake sale.


The university’s students’ union has a reputation for coming up with unusual fundraising ideas. In 2003 four Students’ Union officers at the University of Lincoln emulated David Blaine by spending 44 hours in a box on the island in the middle of Brayford Pool.


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