27th October 2005

 

STUDENTS TO ATTEMPT 10,000 FT FREEFALL

 

Four friends from the University of Lincoln might not be tickled pink when they attempt to jump out of a pane flying at 10,000 feet to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Care.

 

Nineteen-year-olds Lizzie Piggins, Katie Delahunty, Muna Ali and 20-year-old Laura Mead are planning to do a tandem freefall parachute jump on 27th November at Hibaldstow Airfield in Brigg.

 

Lizzie, who is studying journalism, decided to do the jump after reading about it on the Breast Cancer Care website.

 

“I know several people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and I wanted to do something to help. I came across the In the Pink campaign which is being run by Breast Cancer Care during Breast Cancer Awareness Month whilst surfing the net. I wanted to do something a bit different and this seemed like a great way of helping a worthwhile charity.

 

“When I told my friends about the jump they also wanted to do it even though some of them are afraid of heights. They think that jumping out of a plane 10,000 feet above the ground and falling at over 120mph will cure their fear!”

 

The girl’s bravery has brought them plenty of attention from their fellow journalism students many of whom are writing about it as part of their coursework.

 

The four friends have to raise £375 each (or more!) for Breast Cancer Care to qualify for the jump.

 

According to Lizzie they already have a number of fundraising events lined up. “We’re planning to go round all the halls of residence and local supermarkets with buckets collecting money. We’re also asking friends and family and anyone else we can think of to sponsor us”, said Lizzie.

 

Lizzie, Katie, Muna and Laura are hoping to do the parachute jump at Hibaldstow Airfield on Sunday 27th November, weather permitting. If you would like to sponsor them or donate money please contact Lizzie on 07719 274 116.

 

For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244