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The Ellie Soutter Foundation aims to help young athletes with money and any mental health support needed.

The promising GB snowboard athlete took her own life on her 18th birthday and afterwards her father, Tony, set up a Foundation in her name.

It has now has appointed a PR company to help raise awareness of mental health issues and funds for promising athletes.

Ski Press will help with its media relations as it aims to raise money and offer support to the stars of tomorrow.

The aim of the Foundation is to help young people, not only to fund their athlete journeys, but also to help ensure they don't fall into similar mental health traps that can result from the kind of pressure Ellie found herself in.

See here for the PlanetSKI story on her tragic death as she took her own life in Les Gets, French Alps:

"I set up The Ellie Soutter Foundation just days after my daughter Ellie died, as I knew we could help the young, talented snowsports athletes of the future," said her father, Tony Soutter.

"Although Ellie was a ‘hot pick', a ‘one to watch' and a ‘future star of British snowboarding', we, as a family, still struggled to get her the funding and sponsorship she needed to train and compete in a winter season."

"Ellie felt this pressure enormously and with the Foundation we hope to bridge the gap between talent and success."

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The Foundation has already given support to athletes:
See more on the Ellie Soutter Foundation.

"What happened to Ellie was tragic and we all felt huge sympathy for her and her family when we heard the news about her death last summer," said the co-founder of Ski Press, Rob Stewart.

"Mental health is such an important issue that we all need to take seriously and The Ellie Soutter Foundation is there to help potentially vulnerable young people avoid the kind of situation that Ellie found herself in."

As a junior athlete coming from a family without substantial wealth, Ellie often had to miss out on competing and training through lack of funds.

She felt and understood the constant pressure to obtain the necessary funds for her training and events.

A full season of required training to maintain this level of competition was in excess of £30,000 annually.

At this time, as a Junior GB athlete, there is minimal or no funding for travel or accommodation and athletes have to pay a subscription for coaching.

Ellie's family decided to form The Ellie Soutter Foundation in her memory to help and assist other young winter athletes in similar circumstances.

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