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Our Charity of 2013

Help for Heroes, Go Ape's 2013 Charity

Our charity 2013

With 2013 nearly wrapped up, our incredible charity partnership with Help for Heroes is drawing to a close and what an amazing way to end the year –  with Go Ape donating over £40k to H4H.  For two years, the Go Ape gorillas have been taking on epic challenges, hosting events and pushing fitness levels to the limit all in the name of charity! All the hard work has seriously paid off with a grand total of  £87k raised for the charity over this time.

Highlights include:

–      Hargrave’s Ride to Recovery

–       The Founders take on the ‘Big Battlefield Bike Ride’ across France

–       The MD joins the team at Delamere for the ultimate Zip Climb – from the bottom of the ocean to the top of Mount Everest zip ascent

–       Rob Bell from Go Ape Matfen runs the Great North Run in a gorilla suit

–       Tedworth House use Go Ape Moors Valley as part of their rehabilitation programme

–       £2000 worth of gift vouchers donated to the Band of Brothers and Sisters so they could spend time with loved ones up in the trees.

Not only do we want to thank those who took part in all of our charity adventures, but to everyone who supported and helped us achieve such an incredible sum of money. The difference that this can make to our wounded soldiers is life-changing and no one knows better than this than Bryn Parry, CEO and Co-Founder, Help for Heroes:

“Help for Heroes is hugely grateful to Go Ape for the amazing support they have given us over the last two years.  What really made this partnership stand out is the range of support they gave. Their fundraising was a true team effort from the collection tins at all their sites to the mad and wonderful staff fundraising events like a 19,772 metre climb on a zip wire! I know the members of our Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters thoroughly enjoyed their Go Ape experiences and appreciated the gift of spending some fun time with their loved ones.  We can’t thank the Go Ape team enough for what we know has been a really personal commitment from everyone.”

Go Ape’s funding is specifically for Battle Back which provides Adaptive Sports and Adventurous Training for the wounded.


Monkeying Around in the Name of Charity

Monkeying around

Monkeying around

Our instructors at Delamere Forest took on an epic challenge on the 30th September. Ascending the exact distance from the bottom of the ocean to the top of Mount Everest by pulling themselves up a zip line, the team worked together to raise money for Help for Heroes Official and Cancer Research UK. A mere 19,772 metres to climb! The team tell us about their day.

Go Ape Delamere Forest, Monday 30th of September 2013, 08:29. I find myself clipped to the bottom of zip line 5 ready to go. For me this isn’t unusual, over the past 8 years I’ve been in the very same situation an uncountable amount of times. What is odd, however, are the 5 other sleepy instructors stood behind me stifling yawns and shouting encouragement. 08:30 ticks over and I’m off, wind in my hair cable in my hands flying UP zip line 5. I cruised to the top in a respectable time and zip back down again. 212 metres done, 19,560 metres to go and so our journey begins from ‘The Bottom Of The Ocean To The Top Of Mount Everest‘.

DE2Everyone beasts out their ascents and we’re leaving the metres of climbing trembling in our wake. More and more instructors arrive bringing food, enthusiasm and most importantly fresh arms.

12:30, 4 hours in and we’re at 50 ascents, 10,600 metres well over half way. Proud, pleased and only a little tired we risk an hour’s lunch break and fire up the BBQ. 

13:30 we don our harnesses and prepare to destroy this challenge. Refuelled and refreshed we smash out our first few ascents but soon enough the zip line begins to fight back. It claims first blood with a few trapped fingers and cut skin. Everyone begins to feel the ‘burn’ and our times begin to s..l…o….w. Screaming, shouting and an unwavering team effort keeps us going. Everyone digs deep and we just keep pulling the end is in sight.

85 ascents done, 18,020 metres climbed. 9 more left…. Let’s go to a 100, let’s climb past Everest someone suggests. We can’t resist pushing ourselves that little bit further, we do like to live life adventurously. 

Everyone clips on for their final ascent and stays at the top….98…99…100! We’ve done it! 19,772+ metres, 100 ascents of zip line 5. The entire tribe are on site 5 and in turn we head back down group hug and a well deserved trip to the pub.

Every single instructor and our Managing Director Jerome Mayhew put in an immeasurable amount of effort. We completed the task in less than 8 hours, we showed an incredible team spirit and a tough mental attitude. We would all like to thank everyone that sponsored us and supported our challenge, together we raised over £1500 for Help For Heroes and Cancer Research UK and had such a fun time doing it.

Anything can be achieved so long as you don’t let go.


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