We have set up a new website catering for event organisers and fundraising
Benefits of the new website include up to date information, the ability to create an account and promote your event online. There is still an abundance of useful information here.
We are currently taking bookings for 2013 - 2014 abseil events and PR services.
Please go to the new abseil site now for up to date information on fundraising with abseils- click here
Welcome to Charity Abseils.co.uk.
This site will give you all the information you need to set up and run an
organised fundraising charity abseil event safely, and
very successfully. Rock and Ice offer a professional service
to the fundraising sector that is growing in size every year. Our expertise
will allow you to get on with the job of finding abseil applicants, not
spend it worrying about technical and safety issues.
See how easy it is to bring in £1,000's for your charity.
Rock and Ice 'the friendly UK based charity abseil company'
First of all you need a building [ tall or small ] that is suitable, or you can bring your event to us as we have access to a 100' viaduct (we are based in the Midlands - Ashbourne, Derbyshire). Already booked the viaduct? click here for directions to send to the participants.
When you have chosen a suitable building or structure we will then come out and perform a risk assessment for your abseil.
The risk assessment is very important as it allows us to check out the whole building for suitability and assess the anchors and roof space as required. We also provide you with a method statement.
Once this has been carried out we can give you a final quote for the charity abseil and can advise on maximum numbers of abseilers we can handle on the day.
Many buildings are suitable and structures like bridges and viaducts
make excellent abseil points. How do you find a building? We
find it helps if you make a request on the local radio stations as many businesses
like to be associated with charitable organisations. You can get some interest
by contacting local newspapers requesting that local businesses help by letting
you utilise thier buildings for the abseil. Use this opportunity to find a
few applicants for the abseil too!
Hospitals, University buildings and Fire station- fire towers all make good venues for charity abseil events.
Ask to speak to the Building Manager or the person responsible for health and safety at work to request initial permission.
Some buildings with pitched roofs may be unsuitable, seek those with a flat roof space preferably as they tend to be more suited to our needs. Please send photo's of any buildings to us via email for a visual inspection as it may save disappointment later [ send pictures of the roof space from several angles and the sides from a reasonable distance for best effect ] See our gallery for a few examples of good venues.
Rock and Ice are specialists in the field of mountaineering and rock climbing [this includes abseiling] We are AALA registered - Registration number: L4596/R1374 and are full members of AMI [ the Association of Mountaineering Instructors] We will keep all participants safe including any press or camera teams present on the day. We are currently exempt from normal HSE working at height regulations due to the specialist nature of our work, see here.With this in mind we still respect working at height and take all necessary precautions to keep everyone safe at all times, it's what we do best. Richard Hogan MIA [ director of Rock and Ice ] has worked in the steeplejack trade as a lightning conductor fitter and has extensive experience working on roofs of all types- he is well qualified to carry out a risk assessment on the structure for suitability.
It's a fact - you don't need to be qualified to work as an abseil instructor in the UK!
This is why we display the AMI and AALA logos - they demonstrate we are fully qualified to work in this field, and teach with credibility. We have passed scrutiny by the HSE appointed government body AALA for working in extreme locations with adults and children alike. The BMC (governing body for mountaineering and rock climbing in the UK) recommend you use MIA, MIC or BMG qualified instructors to run the events. If you choose not to use our services, please look for the above logos when choosing a reputable provider.
We always have an AMI member directing the charity abseil event, most likely you will find all Rock and Ice staff are senior instructors on the day.
A huge 5 million public liability insurance
covers the participants, the building and the instructors during the event.
We should add the fact that
Voluntary Helpers and the Interest [ Indemnity to ] of Principals [ probably you ] is also included within the insurance, just in case a claim does arise. We are very pleased to add we have never had to claim on our insurance. Employers Liability insurance is also provided as standard.
accident insurance for each participant can be included at a small
We don't shy away from making a profit - it ensures we stay in business, but
we want the charity to benefit too.
We keep our costs low, we charge less than a third of some other companies purporting to be 'specialists' in this field'. We utilise any resources you have to make this happen, so don't be surprised if we ask for help on the day to organise the groups by bringing them to us and taking them off the ropes at the bottom [we will train you to do this in the morning - it takes a few minutes only]
The prices depend on how many instructors and ropes required. Also if a
building is over 50m [150'] in height we may need to buy in specialist ropes
- these are charged to the event organisers at cost. We have arrangements
to buy these in at trade price from the manufacturers which makes a massive
difference on your budget.
Please note: We require payment up front for all events including risk assessments - this ensures availability of instructors on the day. We are very busy and find this minimises administration and last minute measures.
Abseiling [abbing] is sliding down a fixed rope, often
using a climbing harness and a friction device to control the speed of the
descent. The technique is used primarily as a means of descent from a rock
climb or a mountain.
Charity abseils differ as they are set up by professional instructors who have full control of each participant by utilising a safety back up rope and a releasable main rope [ in case of a stuck abseiler ] Therefore if a participant was to get an item of clothing jammed, the instructor can take over instantly, and release pressure on the abseiler or even lower them to the ground safely.
and Ice - Abseil Dept.
Tel: 07740 302131
Click here to email us or type
info@[remove this bit]rockandice.net
We do not store any credit or debit card details.
Note: Abseiling is recognised as a potentially dangerous activity, you need to warn all the participants.