Mancunians can abseil off a city centre tower block in this new charity challenge

We Love MCR Charity's next fundraising event will be an abseil at dizzying heights.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 25th January 2022

One of Manchester’s most iconic charities is inviting daredevil Mancs to join them in a towering fundraising challenge this year.

In case you missed it, We Love MCR Charity asked The Manc’s loyal audience of over 200,000 Mancunians on Instagram to lend a helping hand in deciding on its official fundraising challenge for 2022 earlier this month by casting their votes on three head-to-head polls shared to our Instagram stories.

The four challenge ideas battling it out were:

  • A Valentine’s Day dip in Debdale Park Reservoir
  • An abseil off a city centre high-rise tower
  • A skinny dip at dawn on the Autumn Equinox at Druridge Bay beach
  • A jump off a 10m diving board

And now that the votes from the final poll have been counted, it has officially been announced that the Manchester public have decided We Love MCR Charity’s next fundraising event will be an abseil at dizzying heights off one of the many gleaming towers that make up the city’s growing and ever-changing skyline.

It was a very close call in the end, but in our final poll, the abseil event was the pick of the bunch, grabbing 54% of the vote.


Read more: We asked you to vote for what should be We Love MCR Charity’s 2022 challenge – here’s the results

This will be the second instalment in We Love MCR Charity’s ‘Challenge Event Series’, which is aiming to set mind-over-matter challenges that raise funds for their work supporting Manchester’s communities and young people.


The 2022 challenge comes after the success of the charity’s first – and probably the last – sponsored ‘firewalk’ event, which made history as 50 “brave soles” raised over £18,000 and counting by walking over 700-degree hot coals in St Peter’s Square in the heart of Manchester city centre last October.

The Manchester and Salford skyline / Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Read more: Here’s what happened when 50 fundraisers walked on fire in St Peter’s Square

Against a backdrop of Manchester’s Central Library and with a massive crowd cheering them on, each of the participants conquered their fears and completed what they previously thought was impossible.


Speaking ahead of the abseil challenge this year, Ged Carter – Development Manager at We Love MCR Charity – said: “How could we top a firewalk? By going up into the sky. Our tower-block abseil will give people a chance to see the city from a birds-eye view, then step off and walk down the side of the tower.

“Our fearless supporters are really raising their game with this challenge.”

The abseil will take place in July, and We Love MCR Charity expects it will be over-subscribed, so if you want make sure you reserve a guaranteed place, then the charity has opened a pre-registration list for brave fundraisers to book their place “on the rope”.

The secret location has not been revealed yet, but the charity promises it is going to be somewhere “very special”.

You can pre-register for a place here


Keep your eyes peeled on the We Love MCR Charity website, and social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter for more updates on the challenge.

Featured Image – We Love MCR Charity