Why I’m taking the drop for Nacoa
I’d love to say that I’m being sponsored to conquer my deepest fears of heights and/or falling, but, having abseiled before, I know how safe and exhilarating these events are. I also know that no amount of sponsoring would get me through a marathon. Abseils require courage but no training or specific ability, therefore they are a perfect fundraising opportunity for those who are unable to make more extensive commitments.
My idea of an abseil for a solo adrenalin rush and fundraising opportunity has now flourished into a group event, maximising our ability to raise funds. Demand for Nacoa’s services has reached new heights, therefore so too are we.
I was also deserving of support
Nacoa’s events always seem to have some unexpected significance to my personal story. A charity football match last year took me to Bournemouth, where I had not been since visiting my Dad when he was undergoing rehabilitation for his alcoholism. Of the abseil dates offered, the date that was selected by Nacoa falls on what would have been my Dad’s 52nd birthday, having lost him when he was aged 42.
As a child, I thought that problems and secrets relating to his alcoholism were his alone and that I would be breaching his trust if I were to share them, without realising that I was also deserving of support insofar as his illness impacted me, particularly with the heavy responsibilities that were conferred upon me. I am therefore abseiling in order to help Nacoa provide their services to others who are similarly in need of support. For those who need Nacoa, having uncapped access to the support of volunteers who understand alcoholism/addiction and the inherent impact on the family, especially children, is invaluable.
Limited spaces remaining for September
There are limited spaces remaining for the abseil event, and for anyone unsure about participating, please do feel free to make contact to discuss any concerns. Wire & Sky have facilitated abseils for numerous charities and are well known for their safety and professionalism.
First time abseilers often describe their experience as being memorable and rewarding, and what better time to make such memories than with a whole group of Nacoa abseilers?! Alternatively, you can still support us by making a donation to a participant, becoming a member or joining us on the day at the Olympic Park to support our droppers and, of course, Nacoa.
What is the London Orbital Abseil?
The Big Nacoa Drop is Sunday 17 September 2023 – London, UK.
Experience the most spectacular views of London, whilst dangling in free space, 80 metres above the ground!
Abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit will be an experience you will never forget.
Our abseil instructors will look after you every step of the way. They will kit you up and look after every aspect of your safety.
Using the safest rigging system conceivable, they will coax you over the edge and on your way to a truly breathtaking experience.
Make sure you savour those moments. They are truly incredible!
What do I need to know?
In order to take one a place, you will need to commit to:
- Taking the drop on the designated day
- Pay the non-refundable payment (payable to Nacoa), per person:
- Regular price: £50
- Nacoa Members: £40
- Aim to raise £150 for Nacoa in sponsorship, from each abseiler
Abseilers do not need experience, but must be:
- 14 years or older (with parental consent for under 18’s and supervision at a 1:2 ratio)
- A minimum height of 1.2 m
- A weight of less than 19 stone (120kg).
- Able to wear a harness which has a maximum width waist of [130cm] and a maximum upper thigh width of [75cm] which are the maximum measurements of our harnesses.
- Must arrive ready by at least 945am.
Event is managed by accredited organisers Wire and Sky.
Sign me up!
Just pay the fee to reserve your place. And then we’ll be in touch!
If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Can’t wait to start this journey with you!
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