Fundraising Challenges With A View

Fundraising Challenges With A View

Caption: Abseil or sykdive – the choice is yours!

If you’ve got a head for heights and a heart for fundraising, then take your pick from these two adrenaline-filled challenges. On the weekend of 3rd and 4th June, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care will be holding two of its popular annual fundraising events – the Guildford Cathedral abseil and the skydive. Choose whichever one you fancy, and get ready to enjoy the view!

Standing at 160ft, you might have thought that Guildford Cathedral’s bell tower was high. And indeed it is, offering panoramic views across this historic and vibrant city. It’s also a good place to abseil down from, especially if you’re doing it to raise money for Phyllis Tuckwell, which cares for local residents who are living with a terminal illness, such as cancer. But if 160ft isn’t high enough for you, how about 12,000?

Phyllis Tuckwell’s skydives don’t take place over Surrey or Hampshire, but they still raise money for their patients and relatives who live there. You’ll need to head to Netheravon in Wiltshire to make the jump, at the UK’s largest skydiving drop zone, where the Army Parachute Association call the shots, providing you with an in-depth training session before attaching you to one of their experienced tandem instructors. The plane will do the hard work, taking you to 12,000ft, before you both make the jump, experiencing freefall speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour before your instructor deploys the parachute canopy and you begin your gentle five minute descent to the landing zone.

Whichever challenge you pick, you’ll feel a huge sense of achievement when you land back on terra firma, and you’ll also be helping to fund the vital care which Phyllis Tuckwell provides for patients and families in West Surrey and North East Hampshire. Every day it supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers – in their own homes, in care homes, at the Hospice in Farnham and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford – through medical and nursing care, therapies, counselling, social work advice and practical support. But as the NHS/Government only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to do this. Your help is needed – and what’s more, whether you choose to abseil or skydive, you’re sure to have a fantastic time!

Registration for the abseil is £30, with a minimum of £250 sponsorship required; for the skydive it’s £50 to register and a minimum of £450 sponsorship. For more details and to sign up, visit, email or call 01252 729446.

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For press enquiries and alternative pictures contact: Jen Barnes at Phyllis Tuckwell on 01252 729433 or email


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