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Charity abseils


As well as being profoundly exhilarating, launching yourself off a cliff on a charity abseil is an effective way of getting people's attention and raising funds. Elaine Aronson, timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor, outlines the appeal.

Abseiling is thrilling, terrifying, adrenaline-fuelled - and an unforgettable experience. And what better way to make sure you don’t chicken out at the top than the promise of a healthy pile of donations waiting for you at the bottom? The opportunity to raise money for a charity of your choice can often provide you with a level of inner strength you never knew you had.

CONQUER YOUR FEARS
Whereas other charity challenges will provide the platform for you to improve your health and fitness, perhaps the best side-effect of taking part in a charity abseil is the opportunity to face and conquer your fears. Of course, if those fears don’t exist, then it’s simply an epic adventure anyway.

It’s simply a case of choosing your platform and taking the plunge. You can launch from a bridge, building or cliff-face. Obviously, safety is of paramount importance and on any of the abseils listed below you will be supervised by experienced instructors for the entire duration of the event.

An abseil for charity is challenging, rewarding and sure to grab the attention of many. Take a look through the abseils below and click through for details of the challenge and charity/charities. You can enter a few basic details in the grey box on the right-hand side of the screen to be instantly emailed further information.
Guide Dogs Coniston Adventure Team Challenge
Abseils and zip slides in the UK... 
Level 1 Easy Level 2 Moderate Level 3 Difficult Level 4 Very difficult Level 5 Extreme
Registration fee Registration fee Minimum sponsorship option Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option Self funder option Payment options explained Payment options explained
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No date 1 days Bungee Jump Level 5 Suitable for beginners Beginners Juniors welcome U18s
Bungee jumping - UK wide, UK Registration fee £30 Minimum sponsorship option
Get well out of your comfort zone and do something completely different with a bungee jump operated by UK Bungee Club - market leaders in the UK for bungee jumping. UK wide & many dates available.
Do this challenge for selected charities
Bungee jumping - The Abyss @ Magna, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK Registration fee £99 Minimum sponsorship option
A completely unique venue with an experience not be found anywhere else in the world! Try Zip Wire, Abseil, Powerfan & Bungee Jump to music in semi-darkness with a range of other special effects.
Do this challenge for selected charities
10 May 2014 230 metres Tyne Bridge Zip Slide Level 1
Abseiling - Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, UK Registration fee £35
This challenge offers the thrilling opportunity to zip from the iconic Tyne Bridge in Newcastle.
Do this challenge for selected charities
18 May 2014 300 feet Everton FC Zip Slide Level 1
Abseiling - Liverpool, Merseyside, UK Registration fee £38
This exciting challenge offers you the chance to zip 300ft across Goodison Park- the home of Everton football club.
Do this challenge for selected charities
Bungee jumping - The Abyss @ Magna, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK Registration fee £99 Minimum sponsorship option
A completely unique venue with an experience not be found anywhere else in the world! Try Zip Wire, Abseil, Powerfan & Bungee Jump to music in semi-darkness with a range of other special effects.
Do this challenge for selected charities
08 Jun 2014 540 feet St Mungo's Broadgate Tower Abseil Level 5 Suitable for teams Teams Suitable for beginners Beginners Juniors welcome U18s
Abseiling - London, Greater London, UK Registration fee £30 Minimum sponsorship option
At 550 feet, is the highest abseilable building in London so don't miss this one-off opportunity to enjoy the thrill of abseiling with stunning views across the heart of London!
Do this challenge for St Mungo's Broadway
19 Jun 2014 1 days London's Air Ambulance Annual Abseil Level 1 Suitable for teams Teams Suitable for beginners Beginners
Abseiling - London, Greater London, UK Registration fee £35 Minimum sponsorship option
Fearless fundraisers needed to go over the edge and launch themselves from the highest rooftop helipad in Europe!
Do this challenge for London's Air Ambulance
Bungee jumping - The Abyss @ Magna, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK Registration fee £99 Minimum sponsorship option
A completely unique venue with an experience not be found anywhere else in the world! Try Zip Wire, Abseil, Powerfan & Bungee Jump to music in semi-darkness with a range of other special effects.
Do this challenge for selected charities
Bungee jumping - The Abyss @ Magna, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK Registration fee £99 Minimum sponsorship option
A completely unique venue with an experience not be found anywhere else in the world! Try Zip Wire, Abseil, Powerfan & Bungee Jump to music in semi-darkness with a range of other special effects.
Do this challenge for selected charities
06 Sep 2014 250 metres Xscape Braehead Level 1
Abseiling - Glasgow, Lanarkshire, UK Registration fee £37
This thrilling zip slide at Xscape Braehead begins at 40m above the ground and travels a distance on 250m.
Do this challenge for selected charities
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