SOS Africa Charity Abseil returns!

SOS Africa Charity Abseil returns!

Abseil from the iconic Wells Cathedral North West Tower in celebration of our keyworker heroes this autumn and raise vital funding for the SOS Africa, Wells Cathedral and NHS charities.

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.

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 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

SOS Africa 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…

Forever Friends Appeal, RUH 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.

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.

Aardvark Endeavours

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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Wells Cathedral is open to all visitors. Opening times are 7am-7pm. The Shop and Café are also open.