Charity abseils and zip slides

Charity abseils and zip slides

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 or zip slide for charity is challenging, rewarding and sure to grab the attention of many. Take a look through the abseils below and click for details of the challenge and charity/charities. You can enter a few basic details to be instantly emailed further information.

Arthritis Research UK
Arthritis Research UK
Abseiling 320 feet Abseiling
Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK UK
| Sign up for £50
This thrilling challenge will see you take in spectacular views out to sea as you descend 320ft down the iconic Spinnaker Tower, to raise vital funds for research into arthritis.
Open challenge
Open challenge
2 hours Zip lining
Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda, Bangor, Wales - Gwynedd, UK UK
| Sign up for £50
'The Nearest Thing to Flying'! An adrenalin fuelled attraction in the most dramatic of settings – Penrhyn Quarry, nestled in the mountains of Snowdonia, North Wales. Age 7+.
Open challenge
Open challenge
1 days Bungee jumping
UK wide, UK UK
| Sign up for £30
Get well out of your comfort zone & do something completely different with a bungee jump operated by the market leaders in the UK for bungee jumping. UK wide & many dates available. Age 14+.
Demelza Hospice Care for Children
Demelza Hospice Care for Children
Abseiling 262 feet Abseiling
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Greater London, UK UK
| Sign up for £25
The ArcelorMitall Orbit, designed by world-renowned sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor, stands at a mighty 262ft towering over the city. It is the highest freefall abseil in the UK!
The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home
The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home
Abseiling 320 feet Abseiling
Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK UK
| Sign up for £50
Only 40 places available! Sign up & join Rugby World Cup winner Ben Kay for this abseil. The person who raises the most sponsorship will get to abseil alongside him!!
Open challenge
Open challenge
Abseiling 320 metres Abseiling
Newport, Wales - Gwent, UK UK
| Sign up for £40
Newport Transporter Bridge offers one of the largest temporary zip slides in the country. Participants launch themselves from a point 50m high on the bridge, before sliding 320m into Coronation Park.
Open challenge
Open challenge
Abseiling 280 metres Abseiling
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, UK UK
| Sign up for £45
This slide starts 40m up, from the roof of BALTIC, and travels 280m diagonally across the River Tyne before finishing on the Newcastle quayside.
Open challenge
Open challenge
Abseiling 280 metres Abseiling
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, UK UK
| Sign up for £45
This slide starts 40m up, from the roof of BALTIC, and travels 280m diagonally across the River Tyne before finishing on the Newcastle quayside.

Morrisons Great Birmingham Run

Iconic landmarks of Birmingham with 18,000 runners + live music en route to keep up the motivation! Age 17+. Includes 1.5k mini run (age 3-8) & 2.5k junior run (age 9-16).

Great East Swim

Choose from half mile (age 12+), 1 mile (age 16+), 2 mile (age 16+) or 5K (age 16+) courses.

24 Peak Challenge

A tough challenge in a stunning location – summit 24 peaks of the Lake District in 24 hours!

Reebok Spartan Race - South London Sprint

*ENTER BY 18TH SEPT* A 5km obstacle race at Pippingford Park comprising of mud runs, trail racing, physical & mental challenges with 15 obstacles. Age 14+. Junior race age 5-12 years.

Yorkshire Three Peaks and Valleys - 15 mile Valleys route

Help hearts in 2015 by joining Heart Research UK in this new walking challenge in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park. Free registration.

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