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Apr 11, 2023

The Archie Foundation calls for thrill-seekers to take on the tower 

A local children’s charity is calling for brave individuals with a head for heights to take part in a special fundraising abseil down an Aberdeen landmark. 

The Archie Foundation, based at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, organise an annual abseil challenge, and this year’s event will see participants descend The Kings Church Tower – previously the AECC Tower.  

The event is a rare chance to see Aberdeen from the highest accessible height in the city and takes place on Saturday July 29. All money raised will go directly to support local children and their families in the north east of Scotland.  

The Archie Foundation is the official charity of RACH and Aberdeen Neonatal Unit. The charity, based in the hospital, provides vital services and support to children and families across the north of Scotland such as funding specialist roles, financial support, equipment and projects. As well as supporting sick babies, children and their families, Archie also supports children and their families who have lost a loved one, through Archie’s Child Bereavement Service. 

Cassie McGunnigle, Fundraising Manager at The Archie Foundation, said: “We are very excited to be hosting this fantastic event again, but this year from The Kings Church tower.  Last year was a huge success raising over £19,757, but we wanted to raise the game and host an even tougher abseil. Descending the tower at a height of 39m which is double the height of last year’s abseil, is definitely that.  

Archie Foundation Charity Abseil down the AECC Radio Tower (Photo by Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)

“The event is a wonderful opportunity for people to get together, whether that be families, friends or colleagues and take part in a really exciting event. We also hope some of our NHS colleagues will brave the heights. Last year we had such an array of costumes and outfits, it was fantastic, we really encourage creativity.”  

All participants must be older than 16 years old, and will receive a charity t-shirt to wear and a goodie bag on the day. The sign-up fee is £25 and the charity is asking participants to raise a minimum of £100. 

For further information on how to sign up visit, https://archie.org/events/abseil-for-archie-aberdeen/ 

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