Round the Island with a fridge

By David Newble

Published on Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 08:30


Round the Island with a fridge

If you see Jonathan White out on the Island with his fridge, please give him a lift.

AN AA patrolman has hit on a cool way of raising money for Cancer Research — he plans to hitchhike around the Isle of Wight with a fridge — inspired by comedian Tony Hawks.

Former Medina High School pupil, Jonathan White, 37, will be spending the Easter break circumnavigating the Isle of Wight with his table-top fridge, and hopes his reception from residents will be far from frosty.

Jonathan, who now lives in Bursledon, near Southampton, is being backed in his wacky fund-raising marathon by the popular comedian.

He hit on the idea of the fridge challenge after reading Mr Hawks’ book, Round Ireland With a Fridge, which told the story of how he had visited Ireland and was amazed to see a man standing by the side of a road with a fridge trying to get a lift.

Mr Hawks was then bet £100 by a friend he could not hitchhike round Ireland in a month with a fridge and the book details his hilarious exploits along the way.

Jonathan, whose mother-in-law has been given 18 months to live after being diagnosed with cancer, also lost a work colleague to cancer aged just 29.

He has already raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research by having his ponytail removed and his hair shaved to a grade two after the first dance at his wedding in June last year.

He said: "I thought it was the type of weird and wacky idea that would make a great charity fund-raiser."

His inspiration, Tony Hawks said: "His act of gross stupidity is heroic and should be supported. I wish him all the best.

Jonathan said: "I intend to pitch a tent each night so any hotel willing to lend me a room for half an hour to take a shower and have a shave would be publicised on my Facebook page, as would any pub or sandwich shop willing to give me a sandwich and a cuppa."

Details of Jonathan’s trek will be available at

You can see how Mr Hawks faired on his journey in the film based on his book, which is currently available on the BBC iPlayer



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