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Nurse in 160ft bungee jump in memory of WWI heroine.

Byline: Mike Lockley Staff Reporter mike.lockley@trinitymirror.com

A BIRMINGHAM nurse overcame her fear of heights to help raise money for a charity founded in memory of a First World War heroine.

Suzanne Payne, who works in the intensive care unit at the City Hospital, took part in a 160-foot bungee jump at the West Midlands Water Ski Centre in Warwickshire. And the 21-year-old, who qualified as an adult nurse at the University of Wolverhampton last September, is also embarking on a mountain climb in Canada in aid of Cavell Nurses' Trust. She has signed up to climb the 3,363 metre high Mount Edith Cavell in the Canadian Rockies in August 2015. The Redditchbased charity is named after nurse Edith Cavell, who was executed in October 1915 for helping 200 Allied soldiers to escape from German-occupied Belgium.

Suzanne, who lives in Hill Top, West Bromwich, has raised more than PS150 from her bungee jump, which took place at the end of last month.

She said: "The experience was horrible as I don't like heights. I am glad that I managed to complete the jump, but I won't be repeating it."

Cavell Nurses' Trust is looking for 100 intrepid ambassadors to scale Mount Edith Cavell as part of its Centenary Appeal, which aims to boost the number of beneficiaries it currently supports.

Suzanne, who spent her nursing degree placement at Sandwell Hospital in West Bromwich, added: "Edith Cavell was, and still is, an inspirational lady.

"So when I heard about the mountain climb, I decided that was something for me as I like a challenge and the Trust named after her is a good charity."

Suzanne's only previous experience of mountain climbing is when she visited Snowdon in Wales during a school trip more than a decade ago.

People can support Suzanne's fundraising by visiting her Justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/suzanne-pa ? Anyone wishing to also sign up for the Mount Edith Cavell climb, or other fundraising events, can call Freephone 0808 1234 999, email vickyl@cavellnursestrust.org or visit

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? Suzanne Payne during n her 160 foot bungee jump at the West Midlands Water Ski Centre

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