Almost forty thrill-seeking individuals today take on the City’s most ambitious stunt to date – The City Three Peaks challenge – as they abseil down three of London’s most iconic buildings: 30 St Mary Axe (‘The Gherkin’), The Leadenhall Building (‘The Cheesegrater’) and 20 Fenchurch Street (‘The Walkie Talkie’).

Taking inspiration from the long-running Three Peaks Challenge, in which hikers attempt to climb the highest mountains of Scotland, England and Wales in the space of 24 hours, the City equivalent will see a daring medley of Chief Executives, philanthropists and entrepreneurs take their lives into their hands in the three-peaked descent totalling 1,916ft. 

With each participant committed to raise a fundraising target of £100,000, the event will aim to generate a much-needed £4 million in funds for The Outward Bound Trust (OBT) and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).

The event builds on the success of The Descent of the Shard in 2012 – where HRH The Duke of York, The Chairman of Trustees for The Outward Bound Trust, joined other volunteers in an abseil down London’s tallest skyscraper, raising £2.8 million for the charity.

Fund life-changing projects

The money raised from the City Three Peaks Challenge will help fund life-changing experiences for young people across the country – many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds – through The Outward Bound Trust. The charity partners with schools and colleges to provide challenging outdoor experiences that equip young people with skills and confidence, which can be transferred back into their home, school and work environments. 

The event will be facilitated by the Royal Marines, as well as raising and additionally raise funds for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity – the principal charity of the Royal Navy. The RNRMC helps to boost morale, improve facilities and ease the pressure that life in the Service can bring. It, asalso well as providesing crucial support for Naval Service families and veterans through its grant-making programmes.

Building on past-successes

Nick Barrett, Chief Executive of The Outward Bound Trust said: “Following the unprecedented success of The Descent of the Shard three years ago, we wanted to do something even bigger and better, and are absolutely thrilled to have secured support from 30 St Mary Axe, The Leadenhall Building and 20 Fenchurch Street to help bring our vision to life.

“The adventurous nature of the City Three Peaks challenge resonates poignantly with the outdoor experiences the Outward Bound Trust provides to aid the development of young people. The funds raised will be instrumental in expanding our work and hopefully securing a brand new centre, which will reach 10,000 more individuals, not to mention the support it will provide serving personnel, veterans and families through the work of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

“It’s not often we get the opportunity to raise money on such a large scale with so much support and we’re extremely grateful to the individuals who have committed to our project.”

Expressing his support for the City Three Peaks Challenge, Boris Johnson MP, Mayor of London, commented: “We’re thrilled to have the City Three Peaks challenge taking place in the capital. There is no better way to celebrate London’s unique skyline and architecture than by staging a charity abseil down some of our most iconic buildings. 

“The combined descent will be the longest civilian abseil in history, and resonates poignantly with the aims of The Outward Bound Trust and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

“The event promises to be a spectacular day of action and excitement, which will not only raise money for two fantastic causes and touch many lives across the UK, but bring Londoners together in the heart of the City.”