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DAREDEVIL Nicky Cawley has abseiled from the Royal Gwent Hospital and the Transporter Bridge.

She has trekked in Peru and Iceland and has scaled the heights of Snowdon.

But now the St David’s Hospice worker, inspired by our 125 Appeal, is set for the toughest challenge of them all - a skydive from around 15,000 feet.

It was last month that Ms Cawley, 62, decided to take on the skydive, despite her fear of heights.

“I have been talking about doing it for years,” said Ms Cawley, from Magor.

“I want to do it because it is something I am frightened of and because I don’t like heights.”

Ms Cawley’s dislike of heights goes back to when she was on a flight to Mallorca for her honeymoon.

“As the plane circled, it tilted so low that I thought its wings were going in the sea,” she said.

“I haven’t liked flying or heights since.”

A senior finance officer who has worked at St David’s Hospice for 23 years, Ms Cawley has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Her fundraising exploits include abseils from the Newport Transporter Bridge and Royal Gwent Hospital.

But Ms Cawley says she is feeling most nervous about this challenge.

“I want to do it to raise money for St David’s Hospice and support the 125 Appeal,” she added.

“It is also an opportunity to do something that I would not normally do.”

The skydive will take place in Salisbury in June.

The 125 Appeal is a fundraising challenge in celebration of the South Wales Argus’ 125th anniversary, which will run throughout 2017.

As part of the celebrations the Argus is supporting St David’s Hospice Care, and challenging the people of Gwent and South Wales to raise as much sponsorship as possible by taking part in fundraising challenges.

The money raised will support the vital work of St David’s Hospice, which provides care to thousands of people in the community. Founded in 1979, the hospice works alongside patients and hope to support those at the most difficult times of their lives.

It was set up by Heulwen Egerton, the nurse tutor at Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital who set up the Gwent Hospice Project Group.

South Wales Argus editor Nicole Garnon said: “We are delighted to mark this special anniversary by launching an appeal for a charity which is close to our hearts.

“So many people’s lives have been in some way touched by St David’s Hospice.

“Our aim is to recruit 125 teams of fundraisers to help us make this anniversary year a really special one, not just for us but for the hospice as well.”

To support the125 Appeal, register at http://stdavidshospicecare.org/event-details/125-appeal/

You can also text to donate £5 to the 125 Appeal by texting ARGUS 125 to 70500.