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Descending the Shard

The charity abseil is these days as common as the fun run when it comes to raising money for good causes. You get some sponsors, and then put on a hard hat and abseil down the side of a non-descript 15-storey office building in your city centre with the local news in attendance trying to fill up today's schedule.

With the Shard now externally completed, this concept is being moved to a whole new level, but one that is perhaps not unexpected for such a prestigious building.

The Descent of the Shard is marketed as an "exclusive event," and abseilers are renamed "descendants". The event involves what will likely be a small group of people who will get the chance to abseil from the very top of the Shard for charity - namely the Outward Bound Trust and Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

Adding to the class of it is the Duke of York who will be taking part in his position as the Chairman of the Outward Bound Trust. The trust promise to train everyone involved with the help of the Royal Marines as if it is an adventure weekend, complete with some royalty thrown in on the side.

To do this the "descendants" must each make a minimum donation or sponsorship of 25,000. Tellingly, talk of 25,000 donations suggest that this may not be something for joe public who likes to raise money over a period of months by getting ten pound donations, but for those with a taste for extreme sports who can get their hands on it quickly. As such, five people have already managed to reserve places out of what is potentially as few as seven places which should be an easy way to raise at least 175,000 for charity.

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