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Wells Cathedral COVID Heroes Charity Abseil

84-year-old June Ward completing SOS Africa’s 2019 Wells Cathedral Abseil

Abseil from the iconic Wells Cathedral in celebration of keyworker heroes this autumn and raise vital funding for the SOS Africa, Wells Cathedral and The Forever Friends Appeal.

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.

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 visit: https://www.sosafrica.com/wellscathedralcharityabseil