From the skis to the skies

Charlie Laine and Victoria Collins demonstrate their flying technique
Charlie Laine and Victoria Collins demonstrate their flying technique

Two instructors from SNO!zone Milton Keynes are taking on a skydive with the Red Devils next month to raise funds for Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK).

Charlie Laine and Victoria Collins, who work within the DSUK ski school at the indoor real snow slope, will take the 13,000 ft plunge on September 7 in an aim to raise over £1,000 for the charity.

Charlie and Victoria will be taking part in the skydive in Netheravon alongside the Parachute Regiment Freefall Team the Red Devils, and other familiar faces including Olympic rower Ben Hunt Davis MBE.

DSUK is a charity which promotes equality and opportunity for people with disabilities to take part in snowsports and to help improve their enjoyment and standard of performance at the level of their choice.

Charlie said: “I have been an instructor at SNO!zone Milton Keynes since November 2010 and during this time I have personally been inspired by the enjoyment I’ve seen in the faces of those who face a lifelong battle.

“DSUK is reliant on donations but very few people are aware of the charity’s great work and the benefits it gives users. By reaching our target we will be helping DSUK to continue their work across the country and abroad by funding lessons, buying new equipment, setting up local adaptive groups, subsidising instructor courses, outreaching to the local community and much more.”

The charity runs seven adaptive ski schools throughout the UK which offer special instruction and support to individuals or groups to improve their quality of life and transfer the benefits gained from taking part in snowsport into their everyday life.

Sarah Porteus, head of marketing and events at SNO!zone, said: “What many people don’t realise is that anyone and everyone can take part in and enjoy the thrill of snowsports.

“DSUK’s adaptive ski school removes the barriers to participation faced by those with disabilities and as a result individuals gain confidence and self belief. We hope that everyone will support Charlie and Victoria on their very scary challenge and help raise much needed funds for DSUK.”

Anyone looking to support Charlie and Victoria can donate online at http://www.justgiving.com/victoriaandcharlie