Coventry Cathedral Abseil 2019

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  • Date:

    9th March 2019 10:00 am

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  • Location:

    Coventry Cathedral

  • Summary:

    For all you adrenaline junkies out there, why not take a walk on the wild side – down Coventry Cathedral?

  • For all you adrenaline junkies out there, why not take a walk on the wild side – down Coventry Cathedral?

    Our abseil will give you the chance to see Coventry from new heights and from a place very few people will have the opportunity to stand!

    Join us on Saturday 9th March between 10am and 3pm. You will set off in half-hourly time slots which will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so get in quick to choose your preferred time!

    Registration for this exciting event costs just £20 and we are asking that you raise a minimum of £200 sponsorship for Myton.

    With your help we are hoping to raise £35,000 which is enough to fund the recruitment, training and salary of a nurse for one year!

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    Please note to take part in this event you have to be over the age of 14 on the day and if you are under 18 you will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Q – How much sponsorship do I have to raise?

    A – To cover the costs of the event and help raise money for The Myton Hospices we are asking each participant to raise a minimum of £200. This money has to be raised BEFORE the 9th March 2019. With your help we are hoping to raise £35,000 which is enough to fund the recruitment, training and salary of a nurse for one year!


    Q – How tall is the Cathedral?

    A – 90 – 100ft tall!


    Q – What is the minimum age for participants?

    A – Participants can take part from the age of 14. Any abseilers under the age of 18 will need to have a parent or guardian present at the event and prepared to sign an Indemnity form.


    Q – What is the maximum age for participants?

    A - These activities are mentally & physically challenging, but we will not stop any older person from having a go if they believe themselves to be fit enough. If there is any doubt, advise that the participant should ask their doctor.


    Q - Can people with disabilities take part in the event?

    A - Abseil Events UK (AEUK)/Eight Point Two (8.2) is very keen to provide the opportunity for anyone with a disability with the opportunity to take part in its events. Charities should speak with 8.2 about specific disabilities and discuss the opportunity for a person’s involvement.

    Please note that the provision of abseiling for people with disabilities can be a very specialist area, requiring additional technical equipment and knowledge as well as taking a great deal more time and instructors.

    In addition, many of the unique venues that we use also aren’t suitable to deliver this specialist area.

    Please contact The Myton Hospices ASAP if you would like to discuss this further.


    Q - What to wear during my abseil?

    A - Sport type outer wear is ideal. Lace up trainers, jogging/training trousers, full arm length t-shirt would be best as they offer ease of movement and some protection from grazes. Avoid very loose clothing – scarves, neck jewellery, rings and hooped ear rings. If the location is a remote site (away from an office building) or if the abseil is in the cooler months, then a light coat will be useful when waiting.


    Q - Can people participate whilst in fancy dress?

    A - Probably…most costumes are fine, and the harness, helmet, etc. can be fitted over the costume. However we reserve the right to not allow someone in fancy dress if we think the costume will compromise the safety of the participant. Please bring your costume in on the day, but also to bring normal clothes.


    Q - What is the maximum weight for participants?

    A –17 stone (108kg) for abseils. Larger people need to be fitted with a chest harness in addition to the waist harness. At some sites, participants may need to climb over a fence or rail to get to the abseil; therefore they must have ease of movement in order to do this.


    Q - What is the minimum weight for participants?

    A - 6 stone (38kg) for abseils. AEUK/8.2 reserve the right to prevent someone from doing an event if they are too small, and the weather is inclement, i.e. windy. Small people can get blown around more. This is not a frequent occurrence.


    Q - Can someone participate if they’ve recently had an operation / injury?

    A - If AEUK/8.2 have any concerns about a person’s health then we will request that the person seeks their doctors’ approval. Ask them to explain that the harness will go around their hips and waist, and all their weight will be held by this harness…participants usually know themselves whether this will feel too uncomfortable for them.


    Q - Is the equipment safe?

    A – From AEUK/8.2 “All of our equipment, especially ropes, are stored, maintained and replaced, as for the standard practice recommended by the manufacturers. All equipment is checked frequently and retired if there is any damage to any part. The equipment we use has an unspecified working life, and in his role as a technical advisor, Ian Loombe is qualified to make any inspections needed.”


    Q - Does 8.2 use qualified instructors?

    A - 8.2 only employ qualified staff when used in instructor roles, and we are governed by the MLTE (Mountain Leader Training Board- England) and the BMC (British Mountaineering Council). Ian Loombe is a member of AMI (Association of Mountaineering Instructors). Please look at and for more information. All of our instructors are First Aid qualified; they must be, in order to maintain their instructor qualifications.


    Q - How will the event run?

    A - There are 5 basic stages to the event, but these are location dependant:

    1. Participants register with the charity / event organizer.

    2. Participants are brought in groups of 8 approx to the kitting-up area by charity staff.

    3. 15 minutes before their time slot arrives, the participant is kitted-up by an AEUK/8.2 instructor & brought to the abseil station in groups.

    4. Participant abseils at the time specified. At abseils a member of the charity should meet participants at the bottom & help maintain a “safe area” at the bottom of the abseil.

    5. Participant returns to registration desk with kit which is brought back to AEUK/8.2 staff with the next group.

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