16th November 1999




A university student from Northampton aims to conquer her fear of heights by jumping out of an aeroplane to raise money for Children in Need.


Nicola Gower, a European Tourism undergraduate at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, suffers so much from vertigo that she feels ill just by climbing to the third floor of the main building at the university’s Lincoln campus.


But she hopes to perform a parachute jump at the end of the month to help boost this year’s BBC Children in Need appeal.


Nicola (20), of Billing Road, Northampton, is being egged on by her university pal Anthony Cundall, a third-year Management student for whom jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet holds no fears.


“I’m up for it - I’ve got no problem whatsoever with the idea,” said Anthony (20), of Dirtness Bridge Farm, Sandtoft, near Scunthorpe. “I’ll be there to make sure that Nicola goes through with it!”


Nicola is determined to pull off the feat despite her fear of heights. “I’m definitely determined to do it,” she said. “It’s for a really good cause, after all.”


Nicola and Anthony now need to raise £150 each before they can officially collect funds for Children in Need. If you’d like to sponsor their sky-diving effort you can call the university’s marketing office on 01522 886042 or contact Anthony by email at the following address: 970883506@97.lincoln.ac.uk


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Note to editors


BBC Children in Need celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Gaby Roslin and Terry Wogan will present the broadcast which begins at 7pm on Friday 26th November. Last year the appeal raised £20 million. The national hotline number for telephone donations is 0845 7332233.


For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)