Sponsored Cathedral Tower Ascent

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Angels needed to Ascend Guildford Cathedral Tower

“Be an Angel” Sponsored Relay Tower Climb

Date: Saturday 24 November 2018, 8am – 2pm

Location: Guildford Cathedral, GU2 7UP

Guildford Town Centre Chaplaincy is celebrating its tenth anniversary of serving the people of our town through Street Angels, Community Angels and Volunteer Chaplains.  Its “Be an Angel” appeal is hoping to raise £30k towards its project work and would love anyone to join them who is able to “Be an Angel” by being a part of their sponsored tower climb team at Guildford Cathedral.

Town Centre Chaplain, Rod Boreham said “I am so grateful that over £10,000 has already been raised towards a £30,000 target.  However, there is still some way to go and so we are doing something very practical – a sponsored relay tower climb at Guildford Cathedral, aiming to clock up at least 50,000 steps. This figure represents the number of people the Street Angels have helped in their first 10 years of operation.  We would like to invite anyone to join the team and help raise funds to secure our continued work in the town.”

Rod continued “Anyone can join the team, as long as they are physically fit, aged between 8 – 80 years and prepared to raise at least £100 for this special event on Saturday 24 November 2018.  We will have great fun, but multiple climbs of the 249 steps to the top of the tower will be a challenge to quite a few of us who are not as young as we used to be!  Climbers will be rewarded with the best view in Surrey from the vantage point, an experience normally reserved for the Cathedral’s iconic golden angel and paying visitors to the tower.”

Rod Boreham has been Town Centre Chaplain for 10 years and has recently announced his retirement.  The tower climb will be one of his final roles whilst at the helm of this greatly respected charity.  During his tenure, the Street Angels have won many awards and accolades, including the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2016.

Anyone interested in joining the team, or wishing to donate to the “Be an Angel” Appeal, should visit our giving page on this link https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/GuildfordTownCentreChaplaincy  or contact Louise on 01483 301927.

Information for participants

The Town Centre Chaplaincy is on the hunt for anyone who would like to “Be an Angel” and support the work of the Chaplaincy by joining an ascent team to bravely tackle the most challenging climb in the town, to climb the 249 steps to the top of the tower of Guildford Cathedral as many times as possible on Saturday 24 November, 2018.   To meet our target of at least 50,000 steps we need people to collectively climb and descend the tower 100 times. We are looking for people to join a relay team – so if you can answer yes to these questions please sign up now!

  • Are you between the age of 8-80 years?
  • Would you like to enjoy the best view in Surrey whilst raising money for Guildford’s Street Angels and Community Angels?
  • Are you in good health and can tackle at least one circuit up and down the cathedral tower?  There are 249 steps to the upper tower viewing platform, climbing 156ft, there will be places for you to catch your breath en route.  Ideally we would like you to be able to participate in multiple climbs at pace!
  • Could your participation raise at least £100 through Sponsorship and raise the profile of the Charity amongst your friends, colleagues and family members
  • Would you like to do this wearing Angel wings?  – this is optional!
  • Young people over the age of 8 and under the age of 16 may take part if accompanied by a named responsible adult at all times

How to raise funds for the “Be an Angel” appeal

Sign up to participate or make an enquiry by contacting Louise Kenyon on 01483 301927 kenyonlouise@gmail.com

When you are confirmed on the team, we will add you to our Virgin Giving page, or you can create your own page and link it to ours.

Share the link to the  Virgin Giving page with your friends, family and work colleagues, encouraging them to sponsor you.  You can set yourself a specific target of the number of climbs or steps that you intend to complete, or you can simply be a team member.  We would just ask that you enter with the expectation of raising a minimum of £100 for the Be an Angel Appeal.

A timetable will be issued nearer the time, when you register, please let us know what time slots you will be available, (either between 8am – 2pm, or for only part of the session)


If you have any queries about setting up a page, or the event itself, please contact Louise Kenyon kenyonlouise@gmail.com 01483 301927

More Cathedral background information www.guildford-cathedral.org

January 2019 update – we are very pleased to say that the Cathedral climb has now raised over £10,000 for GTCC’s work. A very big thank you to all those who gave financially and to those 44 who climbed to achieve this amazing  sum.