Snow-Camp Collective Shine For Snow-Camp

The Snow-Camp Collective was launched in November with the aim of bringing Snow-Camp’s amazing supporters together as one, with a single shared vision of doing whatever we can, with whatever we’ve got, to support Snow-Camp’s work with inner-city young people.

Since the launch, we’ve been blown away by our supporters as they ride, run, swim, and ski their way towards raising funds & awareness about our work.

We thought it was about time to celebrate these efforts!

AJ Bell London Triathlon

With the help of our good friends at AJ Bell, we have put together our first ever team of Snow-Camp triathletes for the AJ Bell London triathlon taking place in July!

Our strong team of 7 individuals and 1 team will be taking on the epic 3 discipline event in the heart of East London. The event is the world’s largest triathlon attracting over 30,000 spectators and 13,00 participants and this year Snow-camp are proud and excited to be a part of it!

Our triathletes are already busy training and fundraising as hard as they can, with £4,000 pledged between them to support Snow-Camp’s work! Snow-Camp triathlete Sean Ellis shares his fundraising story…

“As an avid skier and lover of all things sea and mountain, I became aware of Snow-Camp a good few years ago, as they’re based near my home in Brighton and this is the first opportunity I’ve had to really support them. I first learned to ski over 10 dark, rain-sodden, agonising Friday evenings at Woolwich dry ski slope and almost gave up several times. But with the right coach, I learned to change my attitude, persevere, not give up, and channel my negative energy into actually improving my skills. Once I got onto real snow in Austria for the first time, I never looked back.

The work that Snow-Camp does echoes my own experience and I’m keen to help them raise funds so that they can continue the work they do to help others benefit. So this July I decided to really properly challenged by taking part in the London Triathlon. I want to prove to myself that I can be disciplined to train, follow a plan and achieve results so that I can share that experience with others and raise funds that make a difference for my charity while I do it”

Lions Ski Club

Big shout out and thank you to Lions Ski Club for raising over £100 from their recent trip collection to Folgarida, Italy!

The money raised from the trip collection will enable one new inner-city young person to join our First Tracks programme over the summer – perfectly aligning with the club’s objectives of getting more young people in to snowsports both through Snow-Camp’s programmes and their own!

If you are part of a ski club and want to get involved, we’d love to hear from you! Whether its fundraising from a trip collection, taking on a team challenge or another fundraising idea your club may have, we are here to support you all the way! Email: kelly@snow-camp.org.uk

Snow-Camp Royal Parks Half Marathon Team Assemble!

Back in March we put out a call for runners who would be interested in taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon taking place in October this year. Several enthusiastic Snow-Camp supporters jumped at the chance to form a Snow-Camp team for the event. Our Royal Parks Half marathon team is now made up of 7 Snow-Camp supporters who are set and raring to run and fundraise for Snow-Camp. Watch this space for updates!

Wycombe Abbey School fundraise for Snow-Camp in Style

On their annual Easter Ski Trip to Whistler Canada, Wycombe Abbey School completed a Sponsored ski run to raise money for Snow-Camp!

All 51 students dressed up in Onesies and skied down 5miles down Blackcomb side of the Whistler ski area. With great snow conditions that week, the group skied together in one group, attracting a great deal of attention from other skiers on the mountain with their fancy-dress onesies. Even the beginner group took completed the challenge!

The whole group had a fantastic time and since returning have smashed their fundraising targets for Snow-Camp. So far the school have raised over £758 support Snow-Camp’s work with young people!

A big thank to all  the students of Wycombe Abbey School and their teacher Sue Jenkins for organising such a wonderful fundraising event!

Tim Brown takes on a stage of theTour De France!

Snow-Camp super supporter Tim Brown is taking on an epic cycling challenge this summer. Tim plans to cycle one of the mountain stages of the Tour De France in the Alps. Here is Tim’s Story:

“I have learned a very important lesson from the launch of the Snow Camp Collective: never mix an inspirational speaker with a little alcohol and a man with a desire to do something that will make a small difference. This combination resulted in me pledging to Snow Camp that I would cycle one of the mountain stages of the 2016 Tour de France.

To some of my hardened, lycra-encased friends this challenge is relatively easy, but to me it seems to be verging on lunacy. As I write this (end-Feb) I’m a week away from being 55; I’m unfit; I’ve only ever cycled 40km once (for another charity), and that was pretty flat. My other cycling experiences have been infrequent 11 mile jaunts to work which hardly demonstrate the capacity to take on this challenge. And, finally, I’ve just returned from a week’s skiing sporting a torn calf muscle and an insurance claim for having my feeble frame hauled to hospital from half-way up a mountain.

Why do this?

Alcohol aside, my better half, Deborah, introduced me to Snow Camp by dragging me to an auction being held to raise funds. The event also provided a showcase for the incredibly positive impact the charity has had on young people. Through that event we met one of the Snow Camp apprentices when we went skiing in Chelsea (yes, really – search for ChelSki, it’s a blast). His story was so positive that I decided I’d like to play a part in helping Snow Camp do more.

Why a cycle ride?

Last year Deborah and I drove along the route of a very mountainous stage of the Tour de France and I remember thinking that people who ride it must be mad. I also remember making a commitment earlier this year to becoming much more fit, with cycling being a part of my plan. The final part of the puzzle was the speaker at the launch of the Snow Camp Collective, adventure runner Jamie Ramsay said “We can all do things that challenge ourselves.” Combine these factors, add a couple of glasses of wine, and there it is: a pledge to ride the 158km, taking in two very long, steep mountain ascents along the way”

Get Involved!

If you’ve been inspired and want to get involved, head over to our dedicated Snow-Camp Collective Facebook Group for more information and inspiration for your next fundraising challenge! Alternatively, you can call the Snow-Camp office on +44(0)1273 241383 or email Kelly (Snowsports Community Co-ordinator) at kelly@snow-camp.or.uk. We can’t wait to hear from you!