124ft Freefall Charity Abseil from Wells Cathedral

This autumn, Shepton Mallet based charity, SOS Africa, is organising its toughest, largest and longest fundraising event to date; a 124ft freefall abseil from the North West Tower of the iconic Wells Cathedral in Somerset…

124ft Freefall Charity Abseil Event from Wells Cathedral

Popularly known as “one of the most beautiful English cathedrals” with a history dating back to the 12th Century, the Cathedral Staff have generously granted SOS Africa and abseil specialists Aardvark Endeavours the opportunity to organise this exciting one-off event to raise funds for SOS Africa and Wells Cathedral.

From Friday 27th September to Sunday 6th October 2019 from 9am to 5pm, brave participants from across the country dressed as their favourite characters from children’s books will climb the 262 steps to the top of the tower (the height of 9 giraffes to be precise) and freefall abseil from a cantilever platform assembled on the tower roof. But before they take the plunge, they will be able to savour breath-taking views from across the Somerset Levels to Glastonbury Tor and beyond! When they touchdown safely at the base of the tower they will have secured vital Reading Support for another child in South Africa and raised invaluable funds for the upkeep of the Cathedral.

124ft Freefall Charity Abseil Event from Wells Cathedral

The SOS Africa Charity was founded by an 18-year gap student Matt Crowcombe from Shepton Mallet in 2003 to fund the education of underprivileged South African children and now operates 4 education programmes supporting 178 children across the country. Since 2011, SOS Africa has organised charity abseil fundraising events from iconic landmarks across the UK including a Sponsored Abseil from Glastonbury Festival's Pyramid Stage in 2014 which raised over £40,000.

“This is the 10th annual fundraising event we have organised for SOS Africa, including Pyramid Stage abseils and 24-hour lock-ins at Shepton Mallet Prison. In my opinion, this is the greatest challenge to date, and we cannot wait to get started!” SOS Africa Founder, Matt Crowcombe.

SOS Africa Charity has hosted abseil fundraising events since 2011

To participate, abseilers (minimum age 12, maximum weight 17 stone) are required to pay a deposit to cover instructor’s fees. Once registered, they are required to raise a minimum of £100 per person before completing their abseil.


For regular event updates join our Facebook Event Group or follow our Event Fundraising Total. Furthermore, to celebrate the fundraising efforts of all our brave fundraisers, SOS Africa is running a competition which will reward one lucky Wells Cathedral Abseiler with two flight tickets to South Africa to meet the SOS Africa children! For more information, click here.

Wells Cathedral Abseil Fundraising Competition - Win 2 Flight Tickets to South Africa

SOS Africa would like to thank Wells Cathedral and Aardvark Endeavours for supporting the event and Montana Scaffolding and Riley’s Cranes for erecting the platform ready for the abseiling to commence this autumn.