Painting London Purple in the name of charity. The Kidney Research UK London Bridges Walk.

On Sunday 13th July a sea of purple made its way across the bridges of London with walkers raising funds for Kidney Research UK!

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The 7 mile walk took families, friends and colleagues across London’s most iconic bridges, whilst raising awareness and vital funds for the charity.

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The sun shone (with a few spots of rain!) as the walkers donned their purple t-shirts, grabbed a balloon and began their walk along the Thames.  A few famous faces joined the crowds too – including Children’s author Jaqueline Wilson and jockey Richard Pitman.

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The atmosphere on the day was incredible,  with some truly moving moments- read the t-shirts below!

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Participants also took the ‘selfie’ to another level with the ‘London bridges selfie’  competition along the way.

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The walk was a huge success and a real purple statement in the heart of London! Well done to everyone who took part for Kidney Research UK,  without you the charity would not be able to continue their amazing work.

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Find out more about the amazing work KRUK do here

If you’d like to look at events you can take part in for charity click here

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Another World Record for Skyline…(hopefully!)

On Saturday 14th June the skies will be filled with hundreds of charity skydivers!

The fantastic bunch of  thrill-seekers will attempt to break Skyline and Doitforcharity’s own world record set last year for the most Tandem Skydives in 24 hours, whilst  raising funds for incredible causes.

Last year we were lucky enough to share the record breaking moment with a few of our celebrity friends.  Below the Olympian Beth Tweddle, actor Tom Scurr and actress Jazz Franks  fill us in on their World Record Skydiving experience.

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Above – Jazz Franks, Marcus Collins and Beth Tweddle at the airfield.

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above:  Beth doing what Beth does best!

Beth:
I absolutely loved my skydiving experience with Skyline. I had always wanted to do a skydive but this gave me the push to do it. They were so friendly and really helpful in getting everything set up. I was a little bit nervous beforehand as you would expect but I was also really excited. It was something that I had always wanted to do. If anyone is thinking about skydiving with Skyline, then go for it! It is a great experience and think of the money that could be raised for the charities that really need your help.

 

Which charity did you choose to support?

I chose to support Alder Hey Children’s Charity. I have been a big supporter of them for a long time and I am also a patron for the charity. They are the UK’s busiest children’s hospital and urgently need to raise £30m to make the new Alder Hey in the Park a truly world-leading place for families across the UK, when it opens next year.

 How does it feel to be part of a record-breaking team?
 It was great to be a part of that world record-breaking team. So many people were facing their fears and so much money was raised for the all-important charities, many of which are close to people’s hearts.
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 Which was your favourite ‘high’ moment of the jump? 
 I loved it once I had got through the clouds and was just slowing coming down. You could see so many sights from up there including Blackpool Tower. It was an amazing experience and not something that you can experience day in day out.

 

Would you do another skydive?

BETH: Simple answer, yes!

 

Next we caught up with the lovely Jazz Franks from Hollyoaks:
Tell us a little about your skydiving experience with Skyline 
My skydive is by far the best thing I have done in my life to date, and to raise money and awareness for Beat Bullying whilst doing it was fantastic.
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Which charity did you choose to support and why? 
Beat Bullying as I worked closely with them whilst working on a bullying storyline at Hollyoaks.
Were you nervous beforehand? 
Petrified. I never thought i would actually get in the plane.
 Which was your favourite moment of the jump? 
As much as it was the scariest part the initial jump out of the plane was the most incredible. The free fall is a feeling you can’t describe.
Would you do another skydive?
I have one booked for this summer!
Who would you most like to do a tandem skydive jump attached to and why? 
Bradley Cooper for obvious reasons.
Where in the world would be your favourite destination to skydive above? 
You can skydive above the palm in Dubai, that’s definitely on my list of things to do!
Any other comments you’d like to share? 
Thank you for letting me take part, I had a fabulous experience!!!
Finally our pal Tom Scurr from Hollyoaks  filled us in on his skydiving experience.
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Tell us a little about your skydiving experience with Skyline
Throwing myself out of a plane at 13 thousand feet must be one of the highlights of my life so far. Skyline make it wonderfully easy to do something extraordinarily fun while supporting a charity you care about.
Which charity did you choose to support and why?
I jumped on behalf of Age UK. I’ve been involve with them for a while now as they’re a fantastic charity. I’m forever blown away by their proactive attitudes and campaigns and by forcing myself upon them now they’ll hopefully have to look after me when I’m older!
Were you nervous beforehand?
Not at all. I was the happiest man for miles around, and above!
How does it feel being part of a World Record Breaking team?
Completely awesome. I knew we’d do it and I love being able to bore everyone I know with the fact.
Which was your favourite moment of the jump?
It has to be hanging out of the plane and the moment I first jumped!It’s almost an unexplainable feeling of euphoria.
Would you do another skydive?
In a heartbeat.
Where in the world would be your favourite destination to skydive above?
In the arctic, at night below the northern lights
Any other comments you’d like to share?
For anyone just considering doing a jump, don’t. Book yourself on one immediately. You won’t regret it!
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Best of luck to all of our skydivers and charities for this weekend, we hope the sun shines for you all as you take a leap to break a world record!
And remember, skydiving happens all year round, take a look here  and jump for your charity.
If you’d like more info on our skydives, call the team on 02074245522 or email info@skylineevents.co.uk
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It’s time to take walking to the next level….

With May being ‘National Walking’ month we thought we’d show you a few of the more extreme ‘walks’ we have to offer. These events aren’t just your average stroll through the English countryside,  these events are TREKS, taking place in incredible countries all across the world!

So you’ve decided it’s time to get your walking boots on, but what’s the best trek for you?

If you want to sleep under the stars and trek the paths walked by ancient Berbers then The Sahara Trek is the one..

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Perhaps the desert isn’t your scene and you’re looking for cooler climates to amble through? Iceland is waiting for you!

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If you want to visit a beautiful country steeped in tradition and TREK THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA! then the China Trek should be top of your list. Come on, how many people can say they’ve done that…

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What about a trek with more than your average incline…? The Kilimanjaro Trek gives you the opportunity to summit one of the world’s highest peaks!

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Stunning views of ancient cities more your scene? Look no further than the Petra Trek which includes the unforgettable visit to Little Petra, and a bob around in the Dead Sea

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If you’re looking for something closer to home then consider the 3 Peaks and Ben Nevis challenges, they’re a shorter duration than our overseas treks and take place in the UK!

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So go on, book your challenge today in celebration of National Walking Month – after all, a trek is just a really long walk…!

for more event info take a look here http://www.skylineoverseas.co.uk or here http://www.doitforcharity.com or call the team on 02074245511. We look forward to taking a walk with you!

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If you can get through MND with a smile Dad, then jumping out of a plane is easy!'”

Here at Skyline and Doitforcharity there’s nothing we like more than hearing about the personal reasons behind the undertaking of a charity challenge and just how much supporters enjoy the experience!

In April this year the awesomely brave Jennie took to the skies to raise funds for a cause very close to her heart – the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Here’s Jennie having the time of her life in the air!

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and perhaps realising the magnitude of what she’s just done! woohoo!

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Jennie’s story:

“Doing a skydive may seem like a mad idea but it was the most amazing and best thing I have ever done! Jumping for MND I found that people were very generous as I was “very brave” and many people are too scared. Doing it for MND meant so much as I lost my Dad to this cruel disease. I know he would have loved to have done it too. I thought about him as I jumped and was saying ‘If you can get through MND with a smile, Dad, then jumping out of a plane is easy!'”

Jumping from a plane is an incredible experience and a superbly ballsy way to raise funds for your chosen cause.  If you’d like to jump for charity take a look here http://www.skylineparachuting.co.uk

GO ON, find out why the birds sing!

 

If you want to learn more about the amazing work the MND association do then have a look here http://www.mndassociation.org/

 

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85 Million ways to make a difference

This year Skyline and Doitforcharity will hit the astonishing total of £85, 000, 000 in funds raised!!! That’s EIGHTY FIVE MILLION POUND, and it’s all down to you! From trekkers to cyclists, Santas to Superheros, every single one of our participants has helped charities across the world  by taking part in epic challenges and collecting in some serious sponsorship.

We couldn’t be prouder of charities and participants alike who have jumped from planes, trekked across the globe and run around parks dressed in lycra all in the name of helping others.

So what can YOU do for your chosen charity? We won’t list 85 million ways… but here a few to get you started!

You can cycle from London to Brighton

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Or from London to Paris

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You can trek across beautiful countries like this

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and this

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You can run around a park looking like this

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or you can jump from the sky and look as cool as this

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So whatever you want to do to support your charity we can help you!

 

Get in touch on 02074245522! or look at our lovely website here http://www.skylineevents.co.uk, http://www.doitforcharity.com

 

 

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Paris here we come!

HI HO, HI HO, IT’S OFF TO PARIS WE GO… ON OUR BIKES!
TAKING TO TWO WHEELS TO RAISE THOUSANDS FOR CHARITY (Again!)

Today saw the season launch of Skyline’s London to Paris cycles with 161 participants departing London’s Crystal Palace to tackle the 300 mile journey to France’s iconic Eiffel Tower.

With over 1,500 participants throughout the summer season, our flagship London to Paris event has continued to grow year-on-year since its initial launch in June 2005, raising in excess of £7.5 million for hundreds of UK charities.

With a massive 10 departures in 2014, the four day trip takes everyday cyclists on the journey of a lifetime, through the rolling hills of the south of England to the stunning, picturesque countryside of northern France.

London to Paris Trip Leader Sally Woodford said earlier today: “Participants will have to tackle one or two ‘undulations’ along the route and simply standing on two feet will start to feel obscure but our crew work hard throughout the journey to ensure every single person, regardless of their age, gender, ability or otherwise, makes it to that finish line. It’s a spectacular thing to see as the emotions build throughout the trip and the realisation of what everybody has achieved hits home on that final approach through Paris.”

Skyline and Do It For Charity co-founder Dominic Carolan added: “Skyline offers the opportunity for ordinary people to do something extraordinary in the name of charity. Taking on a challenge like London to Paris is no easy feat but with the right training and a lot of determination, anybody can achieve it. Over the years our challenges have raised in excess of £85 million for over 3,000 UK charities and that’s continuing to grow because of people’s dedication to do something meaningful for the causes close to their hearts.”

WANNA TAKE PART?
There’s still places on some of this summer’s London to Paris cycles. See our London to Paris website for more!

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A Yorkshire adventure for us

Here at Skyline we love to trial potential new events and so last weekend we took to the dales of Yorkshire to test ourselves, (and our wet weather gear!) by completing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.  The UK-wide 3 peaks (which we tackled in 2012!) covers 3 of the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours, our next challenge was to be climbing the 3 highest peaks in Yorkshire in just 12 hours. We set off at 7.00am with full bellies and high spirits safe in the guidance of our trek leader Steve. Hi Steve!

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First we had a quick photo opp in front of our  events vehicle (if you compare the before and after pictures from this the results are quite something….!) here we all are looking fresh.

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We then took to the dales to tackle our first Peak – Pen-y-ghent. The Sun was shining for us (unfortunately not to last!) as we set off on our adventure.

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We reached the first peak in pretty good time, and had a quick photo.  Onwards we trekked to our next peak, which was a fair few hours away from the first. The weather had begun to close in on us and we donned our wet weather gear along the way.

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A few of us had fun sliding over in the mud on more than one occasion, but this didn’t deter our spirits and we carried on our merry way to the second peak – Whernside.

By now the mist and rain was closing in but that didn’t stop us taking selfies and singing the soundtrack to Grease – much to the amusement of our boss Dominic.

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On the way down from the misty Whernside a few of us slid over some more for good measure and were in fact grateful for the rain which washed away much of the mess.  Peak 3 was in our sights and the team was more determined than ever to complete the challenge within the allocated 12 hours.

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Our final peak was the mighty Innglesborough which we began with tired legs, but unwavering determination. This final peak was a toughie for all of us. The singing unfortunately (or fortunately) stopped as we got our heads down and focused on the climb. We followed Steve onwards, climbing up over ridges, and rocky paths until we reached a plateau. Ingglesborough was the mistiest of the mountains and we needed to keep close to keep each other in sight! A few sang a little Kate Bush Wuthering Heights as seemed apt but most continued onwards searching for the illusive final marker.  We reached the final point and had another quick photo before we turned back and began the descent.

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Our singing list was exhausted, as were we but the nearer we came to the end point the further our excitement grew. On the final leg we stopped a few times to refuel, change our socks, a blister plaster here and there, but still we continued determined to complete our trek.  Here’s what a determined trekker looks like:

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We reached the end point just 5 minutes over the 12 hours which we are all very happy about.  We all thoroughly enjoyed our challenge, it was tough at times but a positive attitude, determination and a little training before hand meant that we could ignore the aches and pains and push on when we wanted to stop. Here we all are at the end, (and  Steve’s thumb)

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Challenges like the 3 peaks are fantastic for groups, whether they be strangers, friends or colleagues. Being away from the distraction of the modern world can be an extremely positive experience, with the opportunity to bond and get a bit of ‘you’ time.

If you’d like a to book onto any of our challenges – including the UK-wide 3 peaks then take a look here:

http://www.doitforcharity.com/difc-three-peaks-challenge-july-2014.aspx?c=0

We may also be running the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in the near future so keep your eyes peeled!

 

 

 

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Exciting News for our World Record Skydive!

In 2012 Skyline & Doitforcharity were lucky enough to set a World Record for the most Tandem Skydives in 24 hours. The following year we managed again to break our own record!  This year looks no different and on 14th June thrill-seeking charity supporters will be taking to the skies to leap from a plane all in the name of a great cause! Last year’s attempt also saw the help  of our celeb friends… MARCUS

 

If you book a skydive you’ll get to hang out of a plane like this: exit mark wilson Jackie

laugh like this:

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Look INCREDIBLE in the sky like this:

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Have a whale of a time like this:

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and be has happy as this Rosie

All you need to do is raise £395 to receive your jump for free!

So book on today, whether it be taking part in our world record attempt http://www.skylineparachuting.co.uk/tandem-world-record.aspx?ad=sophworldrecord+adentry=true

or choosing another date you fancy, it’s your time to take to the skies for charity! http://www.skylineparachuting.co.uk/home.aspx?ad=sophskydive+adentry=true

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A day for Mothers….& time to book an adventure!

With Mother’s day fast approaching it’s time to reflect on how great all those mums out there are! For the extra-adventurous among you a charity challenge is the perfect way to spend some quality time with your nearest and dearest.  Our trips are for all – strangers, friends, work colleagues and of course families! Whether it be a fun run dressed as superheros, trekking the Sand Dunes of the Sahara or peddling across Europe there’s no better way to spend time with your loved ones than challenging yourselves and raising much-needed funds for charity in the process.

Booking an adventure with your mum is always an exciting prospect, a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something amazing together. In June last year Nikki and Linda -a very special mother/daughter combo- took to their bikes and peddled all the way from London to Amsterdam, to Brussels on our 3 cities Cycle ride.  Linda’s story was so inspiring that Women&Home magazine featured her too!

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Linda’s daughter had completed the London to Paris Cycle in July 2012 and after seeing her incredible achievement she dared to think of having her own adventure…..

I watched my daughter Nikki finish the London to Paris Bike Ride, I told the organisations co-founder I wished I’d done something similar when I was younger and she said it wasn’t too late. 

The pair quickly booked onto the 3 cities cycle for 2013 and set about training and in June 2013 the two set off on the adventure of their lives!

At every hill Nikki would shout ‘You can do it Mum!’ Doing the cycle has given me my confidence back we raised £5,000 in total, and I’ve hung my certificate in the hall. Every time I walk past it, it reminds me that if you set your mind to something, you can do it, whatever your age and fitness.

A huge well done to Nikki and Linda, not only did they peddle across Europe but they also raised incredible funds for charity.

If you fancy booking your mum (or another family member!) in for an event then look no further,  there truly is something for every adventurer – whatever their age or fitness level.  The perfect Mother’s Day gift may just be booking your mum onto a fancy dress 5 or 10k that you can walk or run together, or what about trekking through another country somewhere out there in the big wide world…..

If you’d like to read about all our events (all mum friendly!) then take a look here

http://www.skylineevents.co.uk?ad=sophmothersday&adentry=true

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The Sahara Trekkers return!

Congratulations to our Sahara Trekkers who returned from their adventure on Sunday. Have a look at some of the amazing photos taken along the way, they’re fabulous!

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well done everybody!

Looks like they had an amazing time. Congratulations Trekkers!

If you’re tempted to book on have a look here: http://www.skylineoverseas.co.uk/trek-sahara.aspx?ad=sophsahara&adentry=true

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