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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.
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
05 Oct 2014 1 days Featured challenge
Dare to Bungee Level 5 Suitable for beginners Beginners Juniors welcome U18s
Bungee jumping - Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Midlands, UK Registration fee £50 Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option
Calling all adrenaline junkies. Now is your chance to jump from a 150ft crane over Sandwell Valley Park and raise funds for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice. Age 14+.
Do this challenge for Birmingham St Mary's Hospice
No date 2 hours The Longest & Fastest Zip Line in Europe Level 5 Suitable for beginners Beginners Juniors welcome U18s
Zip lining - Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda, Bangor, Gwynedd, UK Registration fee £50 Minimum sponsorship option
'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+.
Do this challenge for selected charities
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 & 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+.
Do this challenge for selected charities
28 Sep 2014 320 metres Newport Transporter Bridge Zip Slide Level 1
Abseiling - Newport, Gwent, UK Registration fee £42
This challenge offers the exciting opportunity to zip from one of the UK's largest temporary zip slide locations- the impressive Newport Transporter Bridge.
Do this challenge for selected charities
04 Oct 2014 250 metres Imperial War Museum North Zip Slide Level 1
Abseiling - Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK Registration fee £45
This event involves participants launching themselves from the Air Shard, 30m above the ground...
Do this challenge for selected charities
Bungee jumping - The Abyss @ Magna, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK Registration fee £99 Minimum sponsorship option
A 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. Age 14+.
Do this challenge for selected charities
04 Oct 2014 30 metres New Art Gallery Walsall abseil Level 1 Suitable for beginners Beginners Juniors welcome U18s
Abseiling - Walsall, Greater Manchester, UK Registration fee £40 Minimum sponsorship option
The New Art Gallery, Walsall & 8.2 have teamed up once again to provide a charity abseil event in 2014. This iconic building provides an exciting 30m abseil in the heart of the town. Age 16+.
Do this challenge for selected charities
05 Oct 2014 250 metres Imperial War Museum North Zip Slide Level 1
Abseiling - Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK Registration fee £45
This event involves participants launching themselves from the Air Shard, 30m above the ground...
Do this challenge for selected charities
Bungee jumping - The Abyss @ Magna, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK Registration fee £99 Minimum sponsorship option
A 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. Age 14+.
Do this challenge for selected charities
Bungee jumping - The Abyss @ Magna, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK Registration fee £99 Minimum sponsorship option
A 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. Age 14+.
Do this challenge for selected charities