17th November 2003

 

STUDENTS READY TO GO ‘ABOVE THE BELOW’

 

A David Blaine inspired stunt to raise money for Children in Need is to go ahead tomorrow, with the help of a home-made box.

 

Four Students’ Union officers at the University of Lincoln will be emulating the American illusionist by spending 44 hours on the tiny island in the middle of the Brayford Pool with only a home-made perspex box for shelter.

 

Darius G Laws (21), Jon Hardy (23), Richard Moore (21) and Adam Heyhurst (20) – all officers at the University of Lincoln Students’ Union Co-operative – were inspired by the feat of Blaine, who spent 44 days without food in a perspex box suspended above the Thames.

 

The box has been made out of bits and pieces found around the university and has a perspex front so that onlookers will be able to watch the activities of the four students 24 hours a day.

 

The students have received support from local businesses including the Lincoln Co-op, who have supplied them with water, and the comic book shop Comic Culture who have donated £100 and given each of them a jumper to keep warm.

 

“We are hoping to get other local businesses and people of the community involved,” said Darius, who is President of the University of Lincoln Students’ Union Co-operative.

 

“We aim to make a positive difference for charitable organisations but also by getting people involved we hope to bridge gaps between the university and the local community.”

 

Our fearless foursome will enter the box at 10pm on Tuesday 18th November and will emerge at 6pm on Thursday 20th November.

 

BBC East Midlands Today will broadcast their emergence from the island live on television on Thursday evening.

 

Sponsorship forms and collection boxes can be found around the university and in the student pub, Scream.

 

For those of you not wanting to brave the cold the event will be broadcast live on webcam.  Look for the link on the following websites, www.lincolnsu.com and www.bbc.co.uk/lincolnshire.

 

For more information contact: Darius Laws Tel: 01522 886124 or email dlaws@lincoln.ac.uk

or Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244  Email: lbird@lincoln.ac.uk Check for the latest university news at www.lincoln.ac.uk/news