This winter Edge magazine is proud to be supporting Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK), the charity that trains and develops the British Paralympic team – as well as providing access to snowsports for disabled people.
After spending the summer cheering on our incredible Olympians and Paralympians in Rio, this season we’re looking ahead to the 2018 Winter Games with huge excitement. We’re so inspired by our para-skiers and snowboarders who are right now training hard for medal success. The athletes give it their all but it takes a lot of funding to buy kit, travel to competitions and ski in resorts – which is where we can all get involved and do our bit for them.
So here’s all the information you need to donate or fundraise for this incredible charity yourself. If you need more inspiration take a look at the story of GB Parasnowboard team member Cassie Cava, our para-snowboarding medal hopeful, who trains in Tignes. Just 2 years after having her foot amputated she’s on a board every day training, travelling to competitions and determined to bring it home in Pyeongchang 2018 – but to stay focussed, get the best gear, stay in resort and compete she needs funding.
ABOUT DISABILITY SNOWSPORT UK
DSUK is a charity that offers anyone with a disability the opportunity to enjoy snowsports. With the help of over 200 volunteers, and lots more generous donors, they offer adaptive skiing all over the UK and on trips abroad. DSUK also searches for and trains up our GB Winter Paralympic team – the inspirational athletes we’ll be cheering on at the 2018 winter games in Pyeongchang. But to keep up all this awesome work the charity needs more funding – which is where you can help.
Fiona Young OBE, of DSUK, explains: “We’re a small charity with a huge remit. Despite limited funds, our British Parasnowsport athletes achieved outstanding success at the Sochi Paralympic Games in 2014. This attracted some UK Sport funding for our athletes, but we are struggling to fund our grassroots activities. These are crucial not only for talent spotting the next Paralympic hopefuls, but also, and most importantly, they provide life-changing experiences for those with disabilities.”
Challenge of a lifetime
Ever wondered whether you could take on the Inca Trail Trek in Peru? Or drive a husky sled 260km across the frozen Arctic? These are just some of the fundraising adventures you can register for in support of DSUK. Not only will you get an incredible sense of achievement, the money you raise will help our Paralympians achieve their dreams too. Register at www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk/get-involved.
DSUK run fundraising events throughout the year and are always looking for volunteers to help out. Or set up your own event. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice and a fundraising pack.
Become a ‘Friend Of DSUK’ by donating £2 on their JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dsukfriends
Donate by text
Text DSUK16 plus the amount you wish to donate to 70070. Minimum amount is £1 and your donation will show on the JustGiving page.
Para Snow Ball
Get a ticket to this dazzling event, attended by charity patron Pippa Middleton, or become a sponsor. Hurlingham Club, London, 4 May 2017. Email: email@example.com
Volunteer your time
Each year the charity takes groups of disabled skiers away on ski holidays and need volunteers to help on and off the slopes. Enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, help out at one of the DSUK Local Groups, which allow members to ski together for fun at snow centres around the country, using adaptive equipment. Email email@example.com.
Become an adaptive snowsport instructor
Adaptive alpine and snowboarding courses and qualifications are delivered by the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI). You need to be an intermediate-level skier or snowboarder to take the course. Volunteering and instructing with DSUK gives you the necessary experience to achieve the qualification. Go to www.basi.org.uk.
BECOME A MEMBER
Are you inspired to get more involved in snowsports, whatever your disability? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The British Snowsports Fund was set up to raise money to support elite athletes including Winter Olympians and Paralympians.
They say: “We want to ensure that financial barriers don’t prevent our athletes from succeeding – and by doing so making the country proud. British athletes who are training to an elite level in skiing or snowboarding face significant costs, including coaching expenses, equipment and travel. The British Snowsports Fund will help them to meet these expenses so they can focus on what they do best.
We are asking you, the UK’s recreational skiers and snowboarders, to make a small donation to help boost the chances of our future Olympic athletes.
A growing number of ski industry companies are making it easy for you to donate to the British Snowsports Fund when you book your holiday. New this winter, Ben’s Bus is asking all its customers if they’d like to add on a 25p charity donation while booking their airport transfer. The company will match every customer’s donation too. Book online at www.bensbus.co.uk. Find a list of other ski companies supporting the fund at www.bssnf.uk or make a donation direct at www.bssnf.uk/donate.