Wounded ex-soldiers to ski in Klosters

14th December 2012, by Abi Butcher

Skiing With Heroes will host 16 wounded soldiers next March

Skiing With Heroes will host 16 wounded soldiers next March

A new charity that aims to take a group of wounded ex-soldiers for a week of adaptive skiing in Klosters every year has been inundated with volunteers since its launch on 13 November.

Skiing With Heroes was set up in September by a group of friends who wanted to offer a week’s respite on the ski slopes for wounded ex-soldiers to help in their rehabilitation, recovery and move towards independence. The first trip, for 16 ex-soldiers, takes place over the first week in March.

Founder Gilly Norton and Chairman Lord Glentoran are appealing for a network of people and companies to give up their time, skills and resources for this charity in which 100 per cent of the proceeds goes towards the skiing itself.

Mrs Norton told WTSS: “We had this idea in June, had our first committee meeting in September and decided to go for it this year. We are now over-subscribed with ski buddies, people who regularly ski in Klosters as well as Army members and lots of young people and city people have come forward.”

Skiing builds core muscle strength and is seen as a pivotal step to regaining independence and breaking the circle of despair felt by wounded soldiers. The charity hopes to take 16 skiers in March, and more the following years.

Each skier needs two buddies to help them on the mountain, and owners of chalets and apartments have come forward to offer free accommodation for the buddies from 1-10 March. The soldiers will all stay together in a hotel.

“Everyone has worked so hard, we are amazed at the response, and we hope this will go on help these former soldiers find jobs and get on with their lives,” added Mrs Norton.

For more information, visit skiingwithheroes.com

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