University of London’s Senate House has paired up with St Mungo’s, one of the UK’s leading charities for homeless people, to host its first ever abseil with the aim of raising £13,000 for the charity.

Taking place at Senate House Library on Saturday 8th June 2013, the charity event will give participants the opportunity to abseil down the 209 ft. building for the first time in its 75-year history. The abseil, which is being run by Over the Edge Adventures, has 100 spaces available and is priced at £30 per person, or £20 per person for teams of five people or more.

With support from the fundraising team, participants are asked to raise a minimum of £95, with the aim of raising a total of £13,000 funds on the day to go towards the charity’s work. St Mungo’s has previously staged abseils at Guy’s Hospital Tower and Earls Court Exhibition Centre.

Charlie Vernon, Business Development Manager at Senate House, commented: “This will be the first time an abseil has ever been staged at the Senate House tower, and it will be a great opportunity for companies looking for a challenging team building activity. We are very proud to take part in raising funds for St Mungo’s vital work, and we have high hopes of reaching the £13,000 mark on the day.”

Russell Benson, Community and Events Coordinator for St Mungo’s, said: “St Mungo’s is delighted to be the first ever charity to abseil at this iconic building in the heart of London’s University area. Money raised on the day will help our work supporting thousands of homeless men and women each year through housing, health and work opportunities. We are hoping lots of people will help us write a new chapter for Senate House Library this summer.”

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  • Senate House is the heart of the University of London’s administration. The building was designed by Charles Holden who was awarded Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Gold Medal for architecture in 1936. He is widely recognised for his designs for London Underground and Senate House’s landmark Art Deco tower. During World War Two, Senate House was taken over by the Ministry of Information.
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  • Senate House’s grand 1930s proportions are married with progressive technology and AV in line with today’s demands.
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