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Degree student dives for children’s charity

Published: September 8, 2017

Cornwall College Saltash 16-18

A degree student is buzzing after completing a daredevil sponsored skydive for a children’s cancer charity.

Foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies student from Cornwall College Saltash, Becky Palmer, completed the dive from 15,000ft and in doing so raised £400 for Derriford’s Children’s Cancer Services.

Taking place at Skydive Buzz Dunkeswell, Becky said “it was the best experience of my life”.

“The skydive is the highest skydive you can do without an oxygen tank,” she explaind.

“I was so excited I didn’t really feel nervous until they opened the door of the plane and I was sat right on the edge. Because that happened so fast I didn’t really get time to think about my nerves.”

Becky said she would not have found out about the skydive or met the charity organiser if it wasn’t for the personal and employability skills development (PESD) unit on her course.

Head of Cornwall College Saltash, Margaret Butfield, said she is always “in awe of our students and their commitment to help others less fortunate than themselves, in our local community”.

“Here, at Cornwall College Saltash, we love to celebrate both personal and academic achievements and I congratulate Becky on this brilliant and very scary achievement,” Margaret concluded.

Becky said she is enjoying her time at college and after completing the foundation degree plans on going to Marjon to do the top-up year and get the full degree.

“I then hope to go on to do my PGCE and becoming a primary school teacher,” she added.


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