18th November 1999

 

LECTURERS IN THE STOCKS FOR CHILDREN IN NEED

 

Academics and learning advisers from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside will be in the stocks on Saturday at the mercy of students wielding buckets of ice-cold water.

 

But it’s all in a good cause - they’ll be getting a soaking in order to raise money for next week’s BBC Children in Need appeal.

 

The water torture event will be part of a bigger party to be laid on in the atrium inside the main building on the Lincoln campus. Among the entertainment planned will be live music from Groovelusive, face-painting, a DJ and a karaoke show.

 

“We want to put on a fun night for the students, and it’s a bonus when we can raise money for charity at the same time,” said Sarah Patterson, general secretary of the university Students’ Union.

 

Tickets for the party, which begins at 8pm and will continue until 2am, cost £2 and will be available on the door.

 

The following weekend a student from the university aims to conquer her fear of heights by jumping out of an aeroplane to raise money for Children in Need.

 

Nicola Gower, a third-year European Tourism undergraduate, suffers from vertigo, but she hopes to perform a parachute jump to help boost this year’s appeal.

 

Nicola 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. The pair are looking for sponsors to cover the £150 they each need in order to perform the feat for Children in Need.

 

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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)