FORMER Droitwich Spa High School pupil Paula Gould will take part in a world-famous skiing event in the Swiss Alps this Sunday, March 10, and help students get through university in the process.
The 46-year-old must complete the world-famous 42km Engadin ski marathon inside the six-hour cut off time.
The endurance course attracts some of the best cross-country skiers in the world.
More than 14,000 skiers will cross a frozen lake, ski through the streets of St Moritz and navigate down a notorious woodland section known as ‘mattress alley’.
On her fund-raising Paula said: “I want to make it more affordable for them.
“I gained an enormous amount from going to university, much more than simply the degree itself.
“I’d like all talented students to have the same opportunity as me regardless of family background, which school they attended, or where they live.”
Family, friends and colleagues are all behind Paula and have already began sending her good luck messages all week.
“This is what’s going to keep me going when I’m tired and my arms, knees and legs are aching.
“Whatever happens on the day I’m determined to do everything I possible can to finish strong.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paulagould-ski-marathon to donate to Paula’s cause.