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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.
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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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11 Oct 2014 1 days Featured challenge
Senate House Library 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
St. Mungo's are offering this unique opportunity to abseil down the University of London's Senate House Library which housed the Ministry of Information during World War II. Age 16+.
Do this challenge for St Mungo's Broadway
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
25 Jul 2014 1 hours ArcelorMittal Orbit Abseil Level 5 Suitable for teams Teams Suitable for beginners Beginners
Abseiling - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stratford, Greater London, UK Registration fee £20 Minimum sponsorship option
*NEARLY SOLD OUT - 9PM SLOT AVAILABLE* Spend a summer's evening scaling the heights & facing your greatest challenge as you go over the edge of the UK's tallest sculpture.
Do this challenge for CLIC Sargent
26 Jul 2014 100 metres Spinnaker Tower Abseil Level 5
Abseiling - Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK Registration fee £20 Minimum sponsorship option
CLIC Sargent is looking for brave souls to take on this staggering 100m abseil down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth to support children and young people with cancer, and their families.
Do this challenge for CLIC Sargent
27 Jul 2014 100 metres Spinnaker Tower Abseil Level 5
Abseiling - Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK Registration fee £20 Minimum sponsorship option
CLIC Sargent is looking for brave souls to take on this staggering 100m abseil down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth to support children and young people with cancer, and their families.
Do this challenge for CLIC Sargent
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
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 of 250m.
Do this challenge for selected charities
06 Sep 2014 100 feet Dartmoor Drop Level 5 Suitable for teams Teams Suitable for beginners Beginners
Abseiling - Meldon Viaduct, Okehampton, Devon, UK Registration fee £15 Minimum sponsorship option
Join CLIC Sargent’s daring abseil and descend 100ft from Meldon Viaduct to help raise funds children and young people with cancer and their families.
Do this challenge for CLIC Sargent
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
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