Ski event to raise awareness for allergy

12th November 2019, by Abi Butcher

Sadie Bristow was a fanatical skier and accomplished tennis player

Sadie Bristow was a fanatical skier and accomplished tennis player

A charity ski event will be taking place across the 3 Valleys and Paradiski next January, in memory of talented skier and tennis player Sadie Bristow, who died in August 2018, aged only nine years old.

The Bristow family took several ski holidays a year, when Sadie regularly skied more than 100km per day with her father Stewart, a former ski instructor. The family visited more than 50 different ski resorts during Sadie’s short life, despite the fact that much of her younger years were spent in hospital coping with her allergies and asthma.

Sadie was also an exceptionally talented tennis player, named the UK’s number one nine-year-old in 2018, when she won more than 40 tournaments.

Ski for Sadie takes place from 18 to 25 January, across the Three Valleys and Paradiski. Participants will ski to checkpoints across the two enormous ski areas, solving cryptic puzzles and challenges along the way. During the event skiers and snowboarders will record on a special app the distance and altitude they have travelled and time between checkpoints. There will be varying levels based around ski ability.

The event is priced in two different ways. Participants can pay £1,159 if they commit to fundraising at least £450 for the foundation or spend £1,449 for the package as a whole. Both prices include flights, lift passes, transfers, half-board luxury accommodation with wine — the latter package including a donation to the Sadie Bristow Foundation. 

Sadie suffered a number of allergies including asthma, and died on 20 August 2018 after suffering an extreme allergic reaction. She was just nine years old.

“Sadie was as good at skiing as she was tennis, devoting her time on the slopes to challenging herself constantly,” says Stewart Bristow. “Many times she considered ski competitions and getting involved but such was the extent of her tennis training and schedule (20 hours a week) it wasn’t possible. When on the slopes Sadie would want to ski run after run, taking in as many pistes and as much distance as possible.”

Sadie’s parents, Stewart and Clare, founded the Sadie Bristow Foundation to continue their daughter’s legacy by inspiring children to participate in sports, improve access to specialist allergy nurses and increase awareness and knowledge around allergies.

“We want the Ski for Sadie event to help increase awareness of the foundation and its aims and objections,” continued Stewart. “Helping raise awareness of how serious allergies can be — providing support to schools, restaurants etc and training specialist nurses working with GPs and clinics. We also want to show how important sport is to children — not just physically but mentally. It’s a life skill.”

Stewart and Clare hope Ski for Sadie will turn into an annual event. For more information and to enter, visit


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