LECTURER Tim Gabriel is taking a “leap in the dark” to raise money for a children’s charity.
Huddersfield University lecturer Dr Gabriel (pictured) is taking part in four gravity-defying challenges – a 150ft bungee jump, 150ft abseil, 15ft skydive simulation and 250ft zip wire – at the Abyss in the Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham, this Saturday.
He is raising money for Caudwell Children, who provide direct donations of treatment, therapies and specialist equipment to disabled children across the UK.
It also runs an annual Destination Dreams trip for terminally ill children and their families.
Dr Gabriel, of Taylor Hill, said: “I’m really pleased to be part of this. I am nervous, but if I can make a difference it will be worthwhile.”
He is a former student at Newsome High School and Sports College and also studied at Greenhead College.
In March last year he met Tony Blair and wife Cherie at Downing Street in recognition of his work.
Dr Gabriel, 28, a chemistry lecturer in the university’s chemical and biological sciences department, was there with other young scientists, researchers and engineers.
Anyone wanting to sponsor him can do so at: www.justgiving.com/timothygabriel