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Sir Chris Bonington's Bowland Tower Charity Abseil

Sunday 22 June, 10am-4pm

Sir Chris Bonington will play a starring role in the University 50th anniversary celebrations by leading a charity abseil down the side of Bowland Tower on 22 June. If you'd like to test your nerve whilst raising money for a good cause, you can buy a ticket to join the Chancellor.

How much are the tickets?

Tickets cost £50, £25 of which will go to one or all of the charities below, you can choose one or all of the following charities when you buy your ticket.

When do they go on sale?

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 3 June at 12.30pm. Please visit and search '50th Anniversary' to find the event.
Tickets are available for time slots of 10am-12noon, 12noon-2pm or 2pm-4pm
One ticket can be purchased per person
Once the allocation of tickets has gone then the store will close on the sale of tickets

When will I receive my ticket?

Tickets will be available for collection from the Reception Helpdesk in University House from Monday 9 June 2014 between 9am -5pm.

What if I want to raise more money for charity?

You can set up you own JustGiving account at

Do I need to be trained before the event?

No, there will be a trained team from Mountain Guides running the abseil and providing help and guidance where required. However, if you would like to practice your abseiling skills please visit the Sports Centre website for more information on the climbing wall.

What should I wear for the abseil?

Please wear comfortable trainers with plenty of grip. Clothing should also be comfortable and not tight fitting to allow movement. Please also bring a waterproof jacket.

Will photographs be available?

Lancaster University's official photographer will be taking photographs of each abseilers descent. The photographs will be available to view and purchase on the day.

Can children take part?

You must be over 16 to take part in the abseil.

Will the event be cancelled if the weather is bad?

In the unlikely event of the event being cancelled due to poor weather conditions you will be sent an email the morning of the abseil.
Please note that the ticket price is non-refundable if the event is cancelled or you are unable to attend on the day.

Am I insured for the abseil?

Mountain Guides provide full public liability and professional indemnity insurance.


Student Hardship Fund

The Student Hardship Fund was set up with a view to help and support students from less privileged backgrounds to gain that University experience. The fund's main aim is to enable students who experience sudden financial hardship to continue with their studies and achieve their goal of graduating from Lancaster University. In the past monies from the student hardship fund have been used to support students who are struggling to continue with their studies, for example students who are single parents and those students whose student loan does not arrive in time.

As a charity the Student Hardship Fund links into the University's value of "engaging actively to change the world …. by leading on economic and social improvement." By supporting this charity you will be helping students to achieve not only that University experience but also longer term benefits for society as a whole.

Find out how the Student Hardship Fund is helping Lancaster students.

Ageing Research

To live in a society that respects and supports older people, we need to encourage their active participation in society, practice preventive healthcare, provide supportive care when needed, and limit the impact of such devastating conditions of ageing as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease by discovering new and effective treatments. Lancaster's Centre for Ageing Research is working in all of these areas to have a positive impact on the health and lives of older people.

Your donation could help Lancaster researchers to: develop new treatments for Alzheimer's; improve care in nursing homes; address loneliness and social isolation; understand the ageing process; or develop new ways of supporting independent living, including innovative use of new technologies – making the world a better place for us all.

Food Security

Every night more than one billion people around the world go to bed hungry.

Lancaster's research into Food Security, which has won the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, is tackling humankind's urgent need to grow more food with fewer resources against a backdrop of accelerating climate change and increasingly unpredictable weather extremes. The practical, low-tech and low-cost techniques we develop are helping to improve food security for some of the world's most vulnerable societies in more than 30 countries.

Your donation will help fund vital research into ways of protecting and increasing the world's food supply. For example, you could fund the travel costs that help young scientists gain hands-on experience of working with farmers in the developing world.

St John's Hospice

St John's Hospice, Lancaster, provides care to those coping with a range of life limiting conditions both within the Hospice and out in the local community.

It costs approximately £10,000 a day to maintain this vital service. Your support will help to ensure that the Hospice can continue to provide care 24 hours a day in the weeks, months and years to come.

The Dukes Theatre – The MAKE Project

MAKE is an innovative youth programme run by the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, which aims to provide creative opportunities for young people with low engagement in education, Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), or who are from socially and economically deprived areas.

The Dukes has an outstanding creative learning department which delivers over 100 participatory programmes annually, engaging over 5,000 young people in high quality learning experiences. MAKE is opening up these resources to young people who would not normally have the opportunity to benefit from engagement with the creative arts, seeking to transform lives through the delivery of a variety of artistic and theatrical projects.

A donation to this area will help the Dukes and its partner organisations, which include Lancaster University, the Lancashire Young People's Service, Marsh Community Centre, and Lancaster & Fylde YMCA to build on the highly successful pilot programme which has engaged over 200 young people beyond July 2014.

Charity Abseil by Sir Chris Bonington