6th May 2005

 

STUDENTS TO ABSEIL FOR CANCER CARE

 

University of Lincoln students will be getting that sinking feeling this weekend when they abseil the entire height of Grimsby Dock Tower for charity.

 

Eleven students and two Students’ Union representatives will abseil 275 feet on Sunday (8th May) to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

 

SU sabbatical officers Phil Bell and Jodie Delbridge will be joined by 11 other University of Lincoln students at the event, which is one of a number of fund-raisers being staged by the charity.

 

Between them the students have already raised over £1,000 in sponsorship pledges.

 

“To put what we’re doing into perspective, Grimsby Dock Tower is four feet taller than Lincoln Cathedral!” said Phil Bell, Athletic Union and Societies President at the University of Lincoln.

 

“If this wasn't for a good cause I wouldn’t be doing it as it will be no easy task!"

 

Jodie Delbridge, Vice President (Education and Welfare) at the university Students’ Union, is having to cope with her fear of heights as she prepares for the daring feat.

 

“With my fear of heights but a total love for life I knew this was the way to face my fears as so many cancer patients must have to do,” she said.

 

Marie Curie Cancer Care provides free high-quality nursing to give terminally ill people the choice of dying at home supported by their families.

 

Scientists at the Marie Curie Research Institute are investigating how cancer develops to find better ways of treating the disease in the future.

 

To find out more about the appeal or to make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/jodiesabseil. To find out more about Marie Curie Cancer Care visit www.mariecurie.org.uk

 

The abseil begins at 9am on Sunday (8th May).

 

For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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