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Brave fundraisers faced their fears at Aberdeen Abseil


On Saturday 10 June, over 150 fundraisers gathered at the King’s Church to face their fears and raise money for good causes.

Fundraisers took on the 131ft high abseil off the side of the Northern Lights Tower and raised over £30,000 for various charities.

Organised by Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland and operationally run on the day by Sport Aberdeen – this is the first time the event has taken place since Covid-19.

£22,500 alone was raised for SBH Scotland – a charity supporting families living with life-long complex disabilities in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Mike Gifford, Adventure Aberdeen Manager, said: “It was great to work alongside Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland) and Kings Church to bring this event to life.

“There was such a buzz on the day watching everyone face their fears and abseil off the 131ft high Northern Lights Tower.

“Well done to everyone taking part and raising over £30,000 for good causes.”

Lynsey Hamilton, Fundraising Manager for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland, said: “We are thrilled to have brought the Aberdeen Abseil back, it’s been a long time coming! A big thanks must go to Kings Church and the skilled team at Sport Aberdeen for helping us make it a reality!

“SBH Scotland provide a lifetime commitment of support and information to over 4,000 people across Scotland and more specifically the money our fundraisers have donated in this event will help us support around 300 people in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. A massive thank you to everyone who took part for us and to all those who donated.

“We’re also delighted to have welcomed many other charities who benefitted from the day including CHSS, Grampian MS, Scottish Cot Death and Brain Tumour Research who all had their own brave fundraisers taking to the skies.

We can’t wait to get a date again for next year now!”

If you fancy taking on the daring descent, then book your spot on the next abseil – Archie Abseil – taking place on Saturday 29 July.

The event is organised by The Archie Foundation and Sport Aberdeen, and costs £25 to take part. Register online here or email for further information.    

Above: Photos of participants abseiling