Pippa Middleton has launched a 5,560 mile sponsored ski challenge to raise funds for skiers with disabilities.
The Ski2paralymics challenge, invites holidaying skiers to clockup enough miles on the slope to cover the 5,560 miles from London to PyeongChang and raise money for Disability Snowsports UK.
Pippa said: “It is clear to me that the work of DSUK changes and enhances people’s lives. Their adaptive snowsports programs create opportunities and inspire disabled people through snowsports.”
Disability Snowsports UK (or DSUK) promote oppurtunities for people with disabilities to take part in snowsports and to help improve enjoyment and standard of performance at a variety of levels. The charity’s programmes include affordable lessons, group sessions and trips away to ski resorts.
With the Paralympics starting on March 9, DSUK supported athletes such as Millie Knight and Menna Fitzpatrick will be battling it out to win medals. Athletes will be looking to the last games for inspiration, after visually impaired Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans won gold in alpine skiing at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi.
Pippa has been a patron of the charity since 2014, and has undertaken several of her own gruelling challenges to raise money for them including the gruelling 33 mile La Patrouille des Glaciers (PDG). The race route runs through the mountains of Switzerland from Zermatt to Verbier with 13,000ft of ascent.
“There were times on the Patrouille des Glaciers when I was at my absolute limits, myself and my two teammates had to dig deep into our physical and mental reserves but knowing that I was supporting the work of DSUK helped me to keep going.”
To enter, participants are asked to donate £5 to Disability Snowsport UK via JustGiving and then share your mileage as often as you can on the DSUK Facebook event page by taking a screenshot of the distance travelled from the Crystal Ski Explorer app or any other tracking devise. DSUK will be recording the distance travelled and keep everyone updated on our progress. Miles can be skied, snow-shoed or snowboarded in the UK or abroad.
Everyone who enters will automatically enter a prize draw and with a bit of luck will win one of a selection of prizes, kindly donated by sponsors.