London's Air Ambulance

Helipad Abseil 2021

We need a team of fearless fundraisers to launch themselves from the highest rooftop helipad in Europe. Join the London's Air Ambulance Charity abseil team and descend The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel from 17 floors up. The free hang aspect (no body contact with the wall!) only adds to the sense of exhilaration as you experience the East London skyline from a whole new angle.

How to register

Registration to join our abseil team is now closed. If you are interested in taking part in 2022 click above or below to join our interested list.

Our fundraising team will be there to support you every step of the way. All our participants receive the following as part of their commitment to fundraise for London's Air Ambulance Charity:

 Fundraising pack full of hints and tips to help smash your target

  • A dedicated support team, providing tailored advice and guidance
  • Photographs of the day captured and circulated after the event

No previous experience required to take part. All participants will be provided with appropriate safety equipment and a full safety briefing will take place before you make the descent. All participants must be at least 18 years of age to take part in the abseil. 

This event will be run in accordance with the latest Government social distancing guidelines.

You will be asked to pay a £40 registration fee and pledge to raise a minimum of £300 by 4 weeks after the event. 

Who can take Part?

Particpants must be over 18 on the day of their abseil. 

Due to clinical and operational improvement works taking place at the Helipad during the event we have been forced to change the route we usually use to reach the abseil platform. Access to the platform will now include an unavoidable staircase of 43 steps, half without a hand rail. Unfortunately there is no alternative route available to us, and we are extremely sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any questions about what is involved in taking part in the abseil or you have any pre-existing medical conditions you would like to discuss please contact Sophie Allen events@londonsairambulance.org.uk / 020 3023 3303.

Event Information

Date 23rd - 26th September 2021
Location The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel
Registration fee £40
Fundraising target £300

FAQ's

How are you adapting the event to allow for social distancing?

The safety of our participants, volunteers and staff is of the utmost importance to us. We will be following the Government social distancing guidelines and working with our event partners to take steps to ensure guidelines are followed throughout the event. As the event is made up of small groups of participants arriving at staggered intervals throughout each of the 4 days we are able to manage distancing between participants, staff and volunteers accordingly. We are adapting our plans to be as safe as possible for all involved and will send all participants full details of how the day will run closer to the event date to make sure we are providing the most up to date information.

How much is the registration fee?

£40

What is the minimum sponsorship?

£300

Who can take part?

You must be 18 years old and over.

Due to clinical and operational improvement works taking place at the Helipad during the event we have been forced to change the route we usually use to reach the abseil platform. Access to the platform will now include an unavoidable staircase of 43 steps, half without a hand rail. Unfortunately there is no alternative route available to us, and we are extremely sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

You will be asked to sign a waiver that declares you have no medical conditions that would prevent you from taking part. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions please contact the Events Team to discuss events@londonsairambulance.org.uk 

Can I take part as a team?

Yes, when you register you will have the option to start a team. You can pay for your places all together at registration or invite people to join your team after you have set it up. Places are subject to availability so please make sure team mates don't leave it to late to join your team.

How do I register?

You can register by clicking the Join the team button on this page.

What website should I use to set up an online giving page?

We have our own fundraising pages, you will be able to set up your page when you register or you can create an account to set your page up after you have registered.

Do I get a London's Air Ambulance Charity top to wear on the day?

We don’t provide tops as you need to wear something warm and comfortable to enjoy the abseil.

What should I wear?

We recommend wearing comfortable clothing for the abseil such as trousers, a coat and sensible shoes. Please be aware that there may be some waiting time once up on the 17th floor so please dress accordingly for the weather. Long hair will be need to be tied back. You will be provided with the correct PPE for your abseil which will include: harness, helmet and inner & outer gloves.

Can my family and friends come to watch?

Yes! There will be a viewing area on Milward Street to watch your descent from the 17th floor.

How can I get my workplace to support me?

There are loads of ways your work can support your fundraising, here are a few ideas: - there are loads of ways your work can support your fundraising, here are a few ideas:

  1. Match funding- some employers offer match funding where they match up to a certain amount of what you raise. For example if you raise £500 your employer will match it and donate £500 making your fundraising total £1,000.
  2. Add your online giving page to your work email signature
  3. Hold a lunchtime activity or after work quiz.

What happens if I don’t hit my target by the deadline date?

We will be in regular contact between the time you register and the event date. Fundraising deadlines are usually 4 weeks after the date of the event. We will confirm when you register what the deadline is. If at anytime you are concerned about your fundraising progress we ask that you contact us so we can help. If you are not able to reach the target by the deadline set we will work together with you to extend your deadline and support further fundraising activity to help.

Does the registration fee contribute towards my fundraising?

Your registration fee contributes towards the cost of your place and is not included in your fundraising target.

What happens if I am no longer able to take part in the event?

If you are no longer able to take part please email events@londonsairambulance.org.uk we may be able to defer your place to the following year depending on the event. Please contact us as soon as possible so we can discuss what we can do to help.

If I have a question, what is the best contact details for the Events Team?

We know how much personal effort goes into arranging or taking part in a fundraising event, so we want to help you ensure the maximum return for your hard work. Our team is on hand to offer advice and support. Contact our Events team by calling 020 3023 3303 or emailing events@londonsairambulance.org.uk

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