On the 7th September 2015 almost forty thrill-seeking individuals will today take on the City’s most ambitious stunt to date – the City Three Peaks Challenge – as they abseil down three of London’s most iconic buildings: 30 St Mary Axe (‘The Gherkin’), The Leadenhall Building (‘The Cheesegrater’) and 20 Fenchurch Street (‘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 take their lives into their hands in the three-peaked descent totalling 1,916ft.
With each participant committed to raise a fundraising target of £100,000, the event will aim to generate a much-needed £4 million in funds for The Outward Bound Trust (OBT) and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).
The event builds on the success of the Descent of the Shard in 2012 – where HRH The Duke of York, the Chairman of Trustees for the Outward Bound Trust, joined other 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 country – many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds -– through The Outward Bound Trust. The charity partners with schools and colleges 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 and additionally raise funds for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity – the principal charity of the Royal Navy. The RNRMC helps to boost morale, improve facilities and ease the pressure that life in the Service can bring. It also provides crucial support for Naval Service families and veterans through its grant-making programmes.
Expressing his support for the City Three Peaks Challenge, The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “I wholeheartedly support these 40 hardy souls as they prepare to stage a charity abseil down some of the most iconic buildings in London. It is a great way to celebrate London’s unique skyline and architecture as the city watches these thrill seekers descend the towers while raising a colossal amount of cash for two fantastic causes.”
To make a donation visit the website at http://www.citythreepeaks.org/donate or text CITY33 £10 to 70070