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RGU Students Jane-Isabel Conway (left) and Stephanie Dowling get in some jumping practice ahead of a sky dive to raise money for Maggies.

Three students from Robert Gordon University hope to raise around £3,000 for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres by attempting a Sky-Dive.

The adventurous threesome, all of whom are members of the University’s Raising and Giving (RAG) Society, will jump from 10,000ft on September 25.

Aberdeen based transport operator, FirstGroup, has provided funding to help cover the costs of doing the jump.

President of the Society, Stephanie Dowling (20), is originally from Edinburgh and is looking forward to the event.  Stephanie, who is studying Three Dimensional Design, said: “We are very grateful to FirstGroup for helping us meet our costs.  We are very excited, not to mention apprehensive about the sky-dive.  None of us have done one before – I am hoping it will cure my fear of heights!”

She added: “My best friend from Edinburgh was recently diagnosed with cancer and she suggested that we do the jump for Maggie’s.  There isn’t a one size fits all recipe for how you live with cancer, but Maggie’s is there to support you and your loved ones through all the problems associated with cancer.”

Stephanie will be joined on September 25 by two other members of the RGU RAG Society: Vice President Jane-Isabel Conway (21) and Secretary Joe Folan (21).  Jane Isabel is from Newcastle and studies pharmacy at RGU, while Joe is originally from Galway and studies journalism.

Avril Gill, FirstGroup’s Marketing Manager and member of First’s Charity and Sponsorship Committee, said: “I am pleased we have been able to help.  The three students deserve a great deal of credit not just for summing up the courage to jump out of an airplane, but also for raising money for such a deserving charity.”

Members of the public can support the trio’s sky-dive by visiting

RGU RAG holds many events throughout the year, the sky-dive being the first for the coming academic year.  The Society is appealing for other companies to get behind their fundraising attempts for the coming year.  Opito The Oil and Gas Academy has already pledged its support.   Anyone interested can contact

The students were awarded funding by FirstGroup’s Sponsorship and Charity Committee.  The Committee comprises 12 members of staff based throughout Britain and considers requests for funding and gifts from groups and organisations across the country.. For further information on the Committee please visit

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