Wells Cathedral “COVID Heroes” Charity Abseil

19 Mar 2021

This autumn, Shepton Mallet based charity, SOS Africa is hosting a charity abseil from the iconic Wells Cathedral in celebration of all our keyworker heroes and to raise vital funding for the SOS Africa, Wells Cathedral and NHS charities.

A very worthy addition to any post-lockdown bucket list, the 124ft freefall abseil challenge will return to Wells Cathedral on the weekends of 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 SOS Africa Charity was founded by an 18-year-old gap student from Shepton Mallet in 2003 to fund the education of underprivileged South African children and now operates 4 education programmes supporting hundreds of 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.

“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. We 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.”

“Our 2019 Wells Cathedral abseil was the most successful event in our charity’s 17-year history with hundreds of brave fundraisers traveling from across the UK to participate. The atmosphere throughout the weekends also drew large crowds who cheered each abseiler as they descended from the North-West Tower.”
“Since the 2019 event we have been inundated with requests to repeat the event and have decided to do so in honour of our brave keyworker heroes who have kept us all safe and well over the past 12 months. If you are interested in participating, please sign up early to avoid missing out.” Event Organiser/SOS Africa CEO, Matt Crowcombe.

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 for SOS Africa, Wells Cathedral and RUH Forever Friends COVID19 Appeal. To enter as an individual or team, please email visit: https://www.sosafrica.com/wellscathedralcharityabseil or email event organiser Matt Crowcombe: matt@sosafrica.com or drop into the SOS Africa Charity Shop, Shepton Mallet.

Information about the Instructors and Charities…
SOS Africa

The SOS Africa Children’s Charity was founded by an 18-year-old 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.
Wells Cathedral

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.
Forever Friends Appeal, Royal United Hospitals, Bath (NHS)

The Forever Friends Appeal is the official charity of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust. The appeal funds projects that make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients cared for by the Royal United Hospitals Bath each year as well as the friends and families who visit them. The RUH is now extremely busy and staff are feeling unprecedented amounts of pressure. This fundraising event will support The Forever Friends COVID19 Appeal, providing vital supplies and support to frontline hospital staff throughout the pandemic.
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.
Wells Cathedral “COVID Heroes” Charity Abseil
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