St Giles Hotels third annual Abseil Charity Event took place earlier this month with record breaking fundraising for the organisers.

“One of the most rewarding encounters here at St Giles is not just getting to know our wonderful guests, but the special partnerships and activities we facilitate through Hotels with Heart, giving young people in the communities we serve the opportunity to benefit from enriching and exciting experiences. What is unique about the St Giles’ culture is how we weave our values into our daily work to positively impact and uplift those less fortunate…and, of course, having fun while we’re at it.” – St Giles’ CEO Abigail Tan

The event is described as ‘an exciting feat to experience’ at St Giles London hotel, that ‘rallied the bold and brave to rappel down 10 floors of the famed brutalist high-rise with St Giles’ CEO Abigail Tan leading the charge’.

The London hotel stands at over 164 feet tall, equivalent to nearly 30 black cabs stacked on top of each other, which offered the Abseilers unparalleled views of the city – including sweeping views of Centrepoint, London Eye, The Shard, The Gherkin and the British Museum.

While this action-packed CEO enjoys the thrill of an adventure while raising eyebrows, ultimately it’s the raising of awareness for Hotels with Heart that motivates her. Hotels with Heart is St Giles’ philanthropic initiative which engages the communities where St Giles’ hotels are located to empower and educate vulnerable and troubled youth.

This year’s Abseil raised a record breaking £7,000, tripling last year’s total, for benefiting charity, Street Child United – a newly forged partner of Hotels With Heart that uses the power of sport to provide a global platform for street children to be heard, so they can receive the protection, support and opportunities to which every child is entitled.

For more information about the Abseil and St Giles’ Hotels with Heart philanthropic initiative, visit

“We’re really excited that the St Giles network of hotel guests, supporters and staff are joining our campaign for the rights and protection of street-connected young people. St Giles’ Hotels with Heart initiative, focusing on empowerment and education of vulnerable young people in the communities in which they have a presence, is a great fit with our values, and we’re delighted to partner with them over the next four years.” – John Wroe, CEO of Street Child United

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