Swapping suits for hard hats, city execs abseil down London's skyscrapers for The Trust!
Today thrill-seeking individuals will be taking on the City's most ambitious challenge to date – the City Three Peaks – as they abseil down three of London's most iconic buildings: The Gherkin, The Cheesegrater and The Walkie Talkie.
Taking inspiration from the long-running Three Peaks Challenge, in which hikers attempt to climb the highest mountains of Scotland, England and Wales in the space of 24 hours, the City equivalent will see a daring medley of Chief Executives, philanthropists and entrepreneurs attempt the gruelling three peaked descent totalling 1,916ft - achieving the longest civilian abseil in history.
Each participant is committed to raise £100,000, with the aim of the event to generate £4 million in funds for The Outward Bound Trust and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).
The event builds on the success of the Descent of the Shard in 2012 – where the Duke of York, the Chairman of Trustees for The Outward Bound Trust, joined by a group of brave volunteers in an abseil down London's tallest skyscraper, raising £2.8 million for the charity.
The money raised from the City Three Peaks Challenge will help fund life-changing experiences for young people across the UK – many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds - through The Outward Bound Trust. The charity partners with schools, colleges and youth groups, to provide challenging outdoor experiences that equip young people with skills and confidence, which can be transferred back into their home, school and work environments.
The event will be facilitated by The Royal Marines. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the principal charity of the Royal Navy. It helps to boost morale, improve facilities and ease the pressure that life in the Service can bring, as well as providing crucial support for families and veterans.
Nick Barrett, Chief Executive of The Outward Bound Trust said: "Following the unprecedented success of the Descent of the Shard three years ago, we wanted to do something even bigger and better, and are absolutely thrilled to have secured support from 30 St Mary Axe, The Leadenhall Building and 20 Fenchurch Street to help bring our vision to life."
"The adventurous nature of the City Three Peaks challenge resonates poignantly with the outdoor experiences The Outward Bound Trust provides to aid the development of young people. The funds raised will be instrumental in the opening of a brand new centre, which will reach 10,000 more individuals, not to mention the support it will provide serving personnel, veterans and families through the work of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity."
“It’s not often we get the opportunity to raise money on such a large scale with so much support and we’re extremely grateful to the individuals who have committed to our project.”
For more information and to donate, visit citythreepeaks.org