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She is a keen skier, patron of the disabled snowsports charity & promoting its new fundraising drive. She's been speaking to PlanetSKI.



Pippa Middleton is patron of the charity, Disability Snowsports UK.

It helps people with a disability get on the slopes and is a keen supporter of the athletes that will be at the Pyeongchang Paralympics next March.

DSUK has launched a new fundraising drive with Crystal Ski to raise £20,000 between now and the end of the Games on March 18th under the slogan "Changing Attitudes at Altitude".

Pippa was at its launch at a hotel in central London this week as the CEO of DSUK outlined the new initiative.

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"It is clear to me that the work of DSUK changes and enhance people's lives. Their adaptive snowsports programme creates opportunities and inspire people through snowsports," Pippa said.

The new initiative challenges people to join together to ski, snowboard or snowshoe the distance from London to Pyeongchang - 5,550 miles.

People can record their mileage via the Crystal Ski App.

1.     Donate £5 via the Justgiving campaign of DSUK

2.     Download the Crystal Ski Explorer App on IOS or Android  - or you can use your own preferred tracking App.

3.     Share your mileage as often as you can on sociall media using #Ski2Paralympics.

See here for further details.

Pippa is an accomplished skier preferring ski touring and cross-country skiing.

She has taken part in the Patrouille des Glacier - recognised as the hardest mountain endurance race there is.

"I started skiing when I was 11-years old and I just love being out in the mountains and I am so proud to be associated with this charity which does so much to help people with a disability enjoy the sport I love," she said to me after the formalities of the press launch.

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"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 I was supporting the work of DSUK helped me to keep going."

"I have been in a sit-ski and I have nothing but respect for people that use them. I have to be honest and say I was very scared as I tried one out on the slopes of Cairngorm in Scotland."

"But it didn't put me off and I am going out again with a group of disabled skiers next January on a trip organised by DSUK."

I am pleased to say that I am hoping to be there too and will report back January if I can juggle my busy PlanetSKI diary.

It won't be the first time I have been in a sit-ski and I can only back what Pippa says.

"I have chosen to support DSUK and I want to do as much as I can in a hands-on fashion as the patron of the charity and I love to join in and help."    
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The main presentation was made by the CEO of DSUK, Fiona Young, OBE, and she spoke to me afterwards.

Everyone who takes part in #Ski2Paralympics will be entered into a prize draw and could win the top prize of a night in a Geneva hotel and goodies including skis, goggles and gloves.

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Crystal Ski is a major supporter of DSUK and handed over a cheque, or rather a snowboard, for £77,000.

All the money was raised by its staff and customers.

Left to right Chris Logan MD Crystal SKi Holidays, Pippa Middleton & Fiona Young OBELeft to right Chris Logan MD Crystal Ski Holidays, Pippa Middleton & Fiona Young OBE















"I know, the money donated will make a huge difference to all those who have a disability and take up skiing or snowboarding to rebuild their confidence and have a bit of fun," said the Managing Director of Crystal Ski, Chris Logan. 
How did Crystal's overseas and UK employees raise this money?

  • Christmas, end-of-season and summer party donations from employees;
  • Crystal customers donated generously;
  • Organised events throughout the year overseas to support the charity including fancy dress skiing and lift pass deposit donations, clothes and activities auctions, pub quizzes, an office swear jar, end of season barbecue and prize giveaways.

For more about DSUK then check out the video below:

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