Crowds go Gaga for friends dressed as pop star in Spinnaker Tower abseil

DOWN TO EARTH Martyna Kaca, 26, Aleksandra Bartoszek, 27, and Kinga Niciarz, 28. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122828-7689)
DOWN TO EARTH Martyna Kaca, 26, Aleksandra Bartoszek, 27, and Kinga Niciarz, 28. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122828-7689)

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THESE friends did their best to keep a Poker Face as they looked out over the edge of Spinnaker Tower.

Martyna Kaca, 26, of Cotton Road, Milton, and Aleksandra Bartoszek, 27, of Granada Road, Southsea, both abseiled down the 350ft Gunwharf Quays landmark.

Their friend Kinga Niciarz, 28, also of Granada Road, Southsea, did not take part in the abseil, but was there dressed as the singer –whose hits include Poker Face and Born This Way – to provide support.

The trio dressed up as American pop star Lady Gaga to raise awareness and money for charity Kick4life.

Aleksandra said: ‘We were really nervous, especially because the weather had been so bad in the morning.

‘But we had decided we would do it anyway, unless management told us no.

‘The abseil was really good.

‘As soon as I got to the bottom I wanted to do it again.’

So far the girls have raised about £200 for the charity, and have a target of £7,500.

The charity runs a range of projects aimed at supporting vulnerable boys and girls in Lesotho, in southern Africa.

This includes health education and HIV prevention, voluntary HIV testing, life-skills development, mentoring, support towards education and employment, and the chance to enjoy sport.

Martyna said: ‘We found out about the charity from someone we know and decided we wanted to support them. We are hoping to fly out there next year for two weeks to see what sort of work goes on.’

The girls got a lot of attention as they dressed up as Lady Gaga.

‘We wanted people to come and ask us what we are doing so we could talk about the charity,’ added Martyna.

‘We chose Lady Gaga as she works very hard and she does a lot of charity work too so is inspirational to us.’

As well as the abseil, the girls have taken part in a sponsored walk from Portsmouth to Southampton, made a charity video on YouTube and organised car boot sales.

They also plan to take part in football events to raise money.

Aleksandra, a finance accountant assistant, said: ‘This is all about raising awareness of the work done by Kick4life.

‘Even £1 of people’s money can help.

‘Or £10 can pay for one person’s HIV testing.

‘It can also pay for someone’s medication for the rest of their life.

‘It might not seem like a lot of money to us, but for them it can be life-changing.’

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