Snow business for Buzzer & company
- Wed 19 May 2010, 11:58AM
- Posted by David Clayton
Mike Summerbee hit the slopes earlier this week in aid of Disability Snowsport UK.
The Club Ambassador was at Manchester’s indoor ski slope at Chill Factore to help promote and raise the profile of DSUK’s ‘Number of the Piste’ fundraiser.
The ‘ski-a-thon’ took place simultaneously around the country with half-a-dozen, six-man teams competing at six regional venues over six hours.
The aim was to complete 666 runs overall and raise more than £6,000 in total through sponsorship and entry fees. Joining Mike, who elected his PA, Rachel Hayward, to ski on his behalf, were former Big Brother winner Craig Phillips and guitarist Larry Gott from Manchester band James.
Also taking part were The Combined Services Disabled Ski Team, whose members had all been seriously injured while serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“It was a great pleasure to be invited to this event,” said Buzzer. “It is for an extremely worthwhile cause. To be in the company of so many courageous people was an honour. Hopefully it will raise the necessary funds to help support DSUK.
It’s been a while since I donned a pair of skis but to see everyone enjoying themselves so much and working together to enable disabled people to get out on the slopes and ski, snowboard or whatever, is fantastic
Sean Rose, World Cup gold medallist, Paralympian and British Disabled Ski Team No.1 added: “Many thanks to all those who took part and contributed to the success of the ski-a-thon. DSUK supports skiers from across the board, from grass root beginners to elite GB racers.
“The charity continues to provide snow sports experiences to people with disabilities. It is life changing for some, a feeling of independence for others and a thrilling adventure for everyone.”
DSUK were formed 30 years ago and their work has been praised around the world. It allows disabled people the opportunity of being able to ski alongside the able-bodied and works with schools across Britain, provides support to the British Disabled Ski Team as well as funding various other initiatives.
For more information on DSUK, go to: www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk