Platinum Jubilee Charity Abseil!

Platinum Jubilee Charity Abseil!

Abseil from the iconic Wells Cathedral in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Event and raise vital funding for the SOS Africa, Wells Cathedral and The Forever Friends Appeal – RUH Bath

We are delighted to announce that SOS Africa’s 124ft abseil challenge will return to Wells Cathedral on the 4th, 5th, 10th & 12th June 2022. Back by popular demand, following the successes of the 2019 event during which 350 brave fundraisers raised an incredible £60,000, throughout this year’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Event, abseilers will descend from the North-West tower dressed in royal attire.

The freefall abseil was initially scheduled to take place in autumn 2021 but had to be postponed due to rapidly increased COVID-19 infection rates. Organisers, SOS Africa and abseil instructors, Aardvark Endeavours hope that this summer 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.

To participate, each abseiler is required to pay a £20 deposit to cover instructor’s fees and raise £100 per person. To enter as an individual or team, please contact event organiser Matt Crowcombe by email ( with the following information:

  • Full name of abseiler or team leader
  • Abseiler / team leader email address
  • Preferred abseil date / time (9am – 5pm on 4th, 5th, 10th or 12th June 2022)
  • Transfer a £20 deposit per abseiler to: SOS Africa, 40-47-28, 32032554

Matt 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, fancy-dress is optional and all abseilers must be age 9 or over (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 giving you all a royal welcome at the top of the North-West Tower in the summer…

Follow the progress of our fundraisers or sponsor an abseiler here: Event Fundraising Page

Introducing the Charities and Instructors

SOS Africa

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.

60% of the funds raised will be donated to SOS Africa


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.

20% of the funds raised will be donated to RUH Bath


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.

20% of the funds raised will be donated to Wells Cathedral


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.

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Sunday 22nd May: The Cathedral will be holding a special service of Thanksgiving for the Platinum Jubilee at 3pm to which all are warmly invited. There will be restricted access to visitors from 1.30pm, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.