Wells Cathedral COVID Heroes Charity Abseil Fundraising Event
Abseil from the iconic Wells Cathedral in celebration of our keyworker heroes this autumn and raise vital funding for the SOS Africa, Wells Cathedral and The Forever Friends Appeal - RUH Bath.
A very worthy addition to any post-lockdown bucket list, we are delighted to announce that SOS Africa’s 124ft abseil challenge will return to Wells Cathedral on the 25th/26th September and 2nd/3rd October 2021. Back by popular demand, following the successes of the 2019 event during which 350 brave fundraisers raised an incredible £60,000, this year abseilers will descend from the North-West tower dressed as their favourite “COVID Heroes.”
The past 12 months have been hugely challenging for us all! Many of us have had to stay at home in isolation, away from friends and family whilst others have worked tirelessly on the front line to keep us all safe and well. Organisers, SOS Africa and abseil instructors, Aardvark Endeavours hope that this event will give everyone something to look forward to and the opportunity to support 3 causes close to many of our hearts: education, heritage and healthcare.
The event is organised by SOS Africa and Aardvark Endeavours, and in addition, is raising funds in aid of Wells Cathedral and The Forever Friends Appeal – charity for the Royal United Hospitals Bath.
To participate, each abseiler is required to pay a £20 deposit to cover instructor’s fees and, between now and their allocated abseil slot, raise £100 per person. This will be split between SOS Africa (60%), Wells Cathedral (20%) and The Forever Friends Appeal (20%). To enter as an individual or team, please email [email protected] with the following information:
- Full name of abseiler or team leader
- Abseiler / team leader email address
- Preferred abseil date / time (9am – 5pm, 25th/26th Sept or 2nd/3rd Oct 2021)
- Transfer a £20 deposit per abseiler to: SOS Africa, 40-47-28, 32032554
We will then confirm your abseil date/time, set up your online fundraising page and answer any questions you might have before the event. If necessary, the event can be socially distanced, no previous abseil experience is required and all abseilers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
This is a popular event and places will be limited so we recommend signing up and sending your deposit as soon as possible to avoid missing out. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing all you COVID Heroes at the top of the North-West Tower in the autumn…
For regular event information and updates, join our Wells Cathedral Abseil Facebook Group.
Information about the Instructors and Charities…
The SOS Africa Children’s Charity was founded by an 18-year gap student from Shepton Mallet in 2003 to fund the education of disadvantaged South African township children and now operates 4 education programmes which support hundreds of children across the country. Thanks to the incredible support provided by the charity’s Shepton Mallet Shop and local fundraising events over the years, these children receive the holistic support they need to thrive both in and out of the classroom enabling them to break out of the poverty cycle.
Popularly known as “one of the most beautiful English cathedrals” with a history dating back to the 12th Century, Wells Cathedral is an iconic landmark which means a great deal to so many. The funds raised will enable the Wells Cathedral Team to continue to work continuously to conserve, enhance, and interpret this extraordinary building, so it may be enjoyed and enrich the lives of this and future generations.
The Forever Friends Appeal, Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH Bath)
The Forever Friends Appeal is the official charity of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH Bath). They fund projects, lifesaving equipment and research and innovations that are over and above what standard NHS funding can afford, to make a difference to the lives of patients, families and staff.
The last year has seen RUH staff working under intense pressure in difficult circumstances – managing the extra stress of wearing PPE and providing extra care for patients in the absence of visitors. Fundraising from this event will help make sure the charity can provide practical and emotional support for hospital staff who have given it their all, as well as continue to support patients, both during this pandemic and in the years to come.
Aardvark Endeavours Abseil Instructors
Aardvark Endeavours are an experienced team of instructors who host various outdoor activities including abseiling, rock climbing, caving, archery and kayaking from their activity base near Cheddar in Somerset. They partnered with SOS Africa back in 2014 and together they have organised charity abseils from iconic buildings and landmarks such as Glastonbury Festival Pyramid Stage and Wells Cathedral.
SOS Africa would like to thank Wells Cathedral, Aardvark Endeavours and Reflex First Aid for supporting the event and Montana Scaffolding and Riley’s Cranes for erecting the platform ready for the abseiling to commence this autumn.