Charity to host sponsored abseil from Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage

SOS Africa are organising the event to take place in late September

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Glastonbury festival’s Pyramid Stage will host a charity abseiling event in aid of Somerset's SOS Africa Charity this September (20/21).

Over the course of the two-day fundraising event, teams of six will ascend the Pyramid and then free-fall abseil from its roof.

The 100ft, 40 tonne structure – comprising over four kilometres of steel tubing – was constructed in 2000. The third Pyramid stage since the Festival was founded in 1970, it has hosted some of the world’s leading artists including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé and the Rolling Stones.

The charity are inviting participants to take part dressed as their favourite bands.

Anyone interested in entering the event should contact SOS Africa by email at info@sosafrica.com or by phone on 01749 344197 (lines open 9am – 5pm, Mon – Fri) with the following information:

• The themed name of your team of six, e.g. 'Dolly's Daredevils'
• Your preferred abseil date and time - between 9am to 7pm on the 20th/21st September
• A £10 entry fee per person (Cheques to ‘SOS Africa’, 21 High Street, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5AA.)

Times will be allotted on a first come first served basis and participants must be eight years of age or older – if under the age of 18, a parent/guardian must be present. SOS Africa will then send you your event fundraising pack and confirm your abseil time. They also ask all participants to aim to raise £200 each or £1,000 per team.

All funds raised at the event will assist the development of the SOS Africa Aftercare Centre. This building provides essential care for the SOS Africa Children after school, providing them with lunch, homework assistance, extra lessons and mentor support.

SOS Africa will also award the event’s top fundraiser two tickets to South Africa to meet children supported by the charity.

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