A TEENAGER who is deaf and going blind is to abseil from the Tyne Bridge.

Nicola Henderson, 18, from Blyth, Northumberland, impressed skydiving experts two months ago by parachuting from a plane over Peterlee, County Durham.

The dive, which earned her the British Parachute Association's award for courage, was to raise money and awareness for the charity Sense, which campaigns for people who are both deaf and blind.

Nicola, who has a condition called Usher syndrome, which causes deafness and eventual blindness, will join other fundraisers on the Tyne Bridge on Sunday.

This time she will be raising money for Sense and Disability North.

The abseil is part of a series of events marking this year's annual Deafblind Awareness Week, which runs from June 25 to July 1