King’s Lynn students dive into raising cash for Help for Heroes

College of West Anglia teenagers leap from 15,000 feet to help armed forces charity

Three intrepid college students jumped out of a plane at 15,000 feet to raise money for Help for Heroes.

The teenagers from the College of West Anglia, King's Lynn, went up in the world to perform a tandem skydive, strapped to instructors, from an airfield in Beccles.

All three are on the college's uniformed services course and hope to have raised nearly �1,000 for Help for Heroes, the charity adopted in recent years by their course.

Making the skydive were Abigail Firmage, 16, of Terrington St Clement, Sarah Corner 18, of Springwood, King's Lynn, and Kristy Fullerton, 17, of Ely.

Abigail said: 'It was amazing, the best experience of my life.'

Sarah is planning to be a special constable, while Abigail also aims to join the police. Kristy is still considering her career choice.

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College lecturer Lee Mallot was full of praise for the teenagers and said he was 'really proud of them.'

Some 24 students are currently on the uniform service course and will be raising more money for Help for Heroes by being sponsored to climb the equivalent height of Mont Blanc, which at 4,810 metres (15,782 feet) is the highest mountain in Europe.

But the young 'mountaineers' will be using a mobile climbing tower at the Lynn campus to make numerous ascents and descents.

In 2010 the course raised �3,500 for Help for Heroes and �1,700 the year before that.

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