Skiing with a difference – Crystal presents cheque to DSUK

Crystal Ski is passionate about working with Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) and since spring 2009 has raised more than £108,000 for the charity. Last week, DSUK was presented a cheque for £56,000 which Crystal Ski staff raised during the last winter season, beating the amount raised the previous season by £4,000.

To mark the beginning of the relationship, Sir Steve Redgrave led a team of brave ski enthusiasts into the skies on 10 July 2009 for a charity sky dive with the world-famous Red Devils parachute display team. Since then, Crystal Ski staff organised other events and more money has been raised to support the charity.

  • Participation in the Santa Run and the National Skiathon raising well over £10,000;
  • Crystal Ski Christmas and Summer party donations;
  • Team Austria have raised nearly €12,000 this winter, through hundreds of activities including slave auctions, fancy dress skiing and lift pass deposit donations;
  • The team in France organised fun filled activities including clothes and activities auctions, 4for1 drinks promotions and pub quizzes at the Frog and Roast Beef bar in Val Thorens (the team there alone helped contribute an amazing €4500), whilst the Hermitage team in Alp D’Huez managed a flippin’ brilliant €100 from their pancake making on Shrove Tuesday!
  • The team in Italy smashed it’s £8k target by organising barbeques, charity race nights, raffles, quizzes and prize draws for skis donated by our suppliers, to sponsored beard shaving & chest waxing … no gain without pain for some of the team (and customers!) this winter.
  • Ski customers donating £1 towards the new DSUK campaign ‘Make a Million Friends’.

During the last two winter seasons, over 40 Crystal Ski managers gave a week of their time to travel to resorts and help DSUK give disabled skiers and boarders the chance to experience a winter sports holiday.

“It was great to see the speed at which the DSUK skiers progressed and the fun that they were having out on the slopes. The enjoyment that these trips bring to people highlights just what a worthwhile cause DSUK is.”

Simon Rigglesworth, Head of Web Sales & Ops. La Plagne DSUK week

“I’ve learnt so much about myself by taking part. I loved it so much that I’ve already made plans to do my training to become an adaptive instructor.”

Gemma Brown, Product Manager. Niederau DSUK week.

On the picture from left to right: Mathew Prior, MD Specialist Holidays Group; Fiona Young, CEO DSUK; Simon Cross, Crystal Ski.

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Note on Disability Snowsport UK

Disability Snowsport is the UK’s leading charity providing access to adaptive skiing and snowboarding for people with disabilities. Their work changes lives with therapeutic, physiotherapy and social benefits, allowing individuals who take part to develop new skills which they can transfer to their everyday life.

To take part in a sport such as skiing or snowboarding there are numerous barriers to overcome, including access to slopes, access to specialist equipment and one to one instruction. The charity aims to give people with disabilities access to snow sports at a cost equivalent to that which an able-bodied person would pay.

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