Take the plunge for Martin House in abseil challenge

Categories: Fundraising.

Take the plunge and abseil from Yorkshire landmark the Cow and Calf this summer to raise money for Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Martin House is appealing for thrill seekers from across the region to take part in the challenge at the famous Ilkley Moor landmark on Saturday 15 July.

Rowan Simpson, events fundraiser at Martin House, said: “An abseil is a challenge lots of people want to do at least once in their life – and what better way to do it than to also raise money for charity?

“The Cow and Calf is such a wonderful place to abseil – the views are incredible. You don’t need any experience or special equipment, and we will guide you through everything.”

Abseilers will make their way across the Ilkley Moor boulders, before abseiling down the 50ft rock face of the Cow. There is also an option to take part in a zip wire as well.

All the money raised will support Martin House, which cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across West, North and East Yorkshire.

Its care includes planned respite, emergency and symptom control care, end of life care and bereavement support for families.

Rowan added: “The Cow and Calf Abseil is something you can do as a family, a group of friends or a work team – you can bring your friends and family to watch, and make a day of it.”

Children as young as eight can take part in the abseil, as long as they fit into the safety harness, and there is no upper age limit to the event.

It costs just £25 to sign up to the Cow and Calf abseil. For more information and to sign up, visit www.martinhouse.org.uk/abseil.


Martin House has been providing family-led care and support for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions for 35 years (life-limiting means the child or young person is not expected to live beyond young adulthood).

Every year we support over 425 children and young people, and their families plus more than 150 bereaved families across West, North and East Yorkshire, at our hospice, in hospitals and in families’ own homes.

The hospice, based in Boston Spa, has nine bedrooms in Martin House, and six in Whitby Lodge, which cares for teenagers and young people. Our services include respite stays, symptom control, emergency care, community care and end of life care.

Bereavement support is offered to families, often for two to three years after their child’s death. We also offer bereavement support to families whose child had a life-limiting condition but did not have the opportunity to use the hospice, or following a sudden death.

Martin House hosts one of only three specialist training places in the UK for consultants in paediatric palliative medicine, alongside placements in London (Great Ormond Street Hospital) and Cardiff.

There is no cost to any of the families using our services. It costs nearly £9 million a year to provide this care, the majority of which comes from voluntary donations and fundraising.

Registered Charity Number 517919

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