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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.

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
12 May 2015 320 feet Featured challenge
Spinnaker Tower Abseil Level 5
Abseiling - Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK Registration fee £50 Minimum sponsorship option
Only 50 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!!
Do this challenge for The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home
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
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