Disability Snowsport UK, the national charity helping disabled people experience the joys of the slopes, has launched a fundraising appeal to help fund one of its adaptive ski schools for a year.
Through crowdfunding, where members of the public donate with the potential to get ‘rewards’ in return, the month-long fundraising mission is seeking to raise £15,000 to create memorable, accessible snowsport opportunities for many people disabled people. Lessons provide therapeutic, life-enhancing and exciting opportunities for people with a range of disabilities, giving them the chance to ski alongside non-disabled people at all ski facilities and resorts.
Disability Snowsport UK is a small charity, with a big remit. With instructors and volunteers delivering lessons at local groups in Glasgow, Manchester, Cairngorm Mountain, Hemel Hemstead, Milton Keynes, Tamworth and Castleford, the charity works with both adults and children. They also manage and train the British Disabled Ski Team.
The crowdfunding campaign will go towards the running of one of the charity’s ski schools for a year. The ski schools provide one-to-one and group lessons for all ages and abilities.
How your pledges help:
- £50 subsidises an adaptive ski lesson (a £40 indoor adaptive lesson costs us £90 to deliver)
- £150 buys ski tip connectors
- £200 buys a tow release, enabling a sit-ski to travel up the ski lift
- £3,000 buys an adaptive sit-ski
- £50,000 will run an adaptive ski school for a year
At present, DSUK have a funding shortfall for ski schools of at least £50,000. The £15,000 crowdfunding target will help to increase lessons by 20-40%, increase clients by 15-30% and provide opportunities for disabled people who might not previously have even considered snowsport as a pastime.
To pledge your support, head to the Disabled Snowsport UK Crowdfunder page now at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sponsor-a-disability-snowsport-ski-school or watch the campaign video below…