Skyline Events is now in its 22nd year and proud to be the largest provider of charity events in the UK! Over the years the team has journeyed to amazing places, created incredible events and helped to raised millions of pounds for charity.
Managing directors Siobhan Dillon and Dominic Carolan tell us how it all began – with a spare room, a couple of old computers and a LOT of skydiving posters…
In 1992 the two managing directors met whilst working at a publishing company, together they decided they wanted to do something more meaningful and came up with the idea of charity skydiving.
Siobhan and Dominic working from a spare room in Dominic’s father’s house back in the 90’s!
There was no internet or websites back then so we found people to skydive for charity by putting up posters in libraries and sports centres all over London. For the first 5 years we worked from an old table with two old pcs and a shared printer in a spare room in my father’s house!
My Favourite memory is my first day cycling around north London putting up posters and returning to find there were already messages on our answering machine. At that point I knew the idea was going to work. Dominic
The idea soon took off and more and more charities contacted the team of two so that they too could start benefiting from charity skydiving! New events were then taken on – including abseils, dragon boat racing and It’s a Knockout. In 2001, almost 10 years since the creation of Skyline, the team organised their first overseas cycle in Vietnam for the mental health charity Mind. Over the past 22 years Skyline has since worked in 15 countries around the world, creating fantastic trips of a life-time and unique bespoke UK events too! From Where’s Wally? Fun Runs to trekking Kilimanjaro the team have it covered.
We have, I hope, created a business that is for the most part a fun place to be (as much as hard work can be) and thanks to the team we have managed to do this alongside running a successful business, helped thousands of charities along the way, and inspired thousands to get fit and achieve their lifelong ambitions. For me it has been the most positive environment to work in. Siobhan
With 25 employees working on various events throughout the year Skyline is a close-knit gang of friendly event managers, coordinators and charity account handlers. The teams regularly get involved with all events, and also raise funds for charities themselves.
Corporate Account handler Tom takes on the Atlas Mountains for War Child
The team Raising funds for Save the Children – Christmas jumper day
Skyline completes the 3 Peaks challenge
Event staff frequently trial new events, and attend on-going treks and cycles to ensure they’re the best they can be! Between us we’ve jumped from planes, completed the 3 peaks challenge, scaled Kilimanjaro, trekked Sahara, Peru, Petra, Iceland, cycled from London to Paris, to Amsterdam and Brussels and much much more!
The best part about Skyline is being able to give every day people the chance to take on the challenge of a lifetime whilst raising funds for their favourite charity. Dominic
The team at Skyline work hard to ensure participants are well looked after throughout their epic challenges, who in turn raise incredible amounts in sponsorship – in the history of the company we have raised a grand total of over £80M for over 3,000 charities! This year will be no different with record breaking events, unbelievable funds raised and fantastic participants taking part in challenges all over the world.
Want to work for Skyline? we are currently recruiting! Take a look at our available roles below, we’re always looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our busy teams.
Click here – http://www.doitforcharity.com/work-for-us.aspx