Many of us across the world are feeling trapped in our homes and are no longer able to experience life as we used to only a few short weeks ago. Even if we manage to leave our homes, the outside world might not be able to meet our needs, and many of us are experiencing anxiety when weighing up the risks associated with stepping out of the front door.
For many of Disability Snowsport UKs skiers and snowboarders these were the challenges they faced before Covid-19, challenges that DSUK has helped them to address.
When DSUK began in the 1970s it was with the purpose of using snowsport as rehabilitation, and since then we have learnt it means even more than that to our participants and their families. On top of bringing physical, mental health and social benefits that translate into other areas of their lives, it means freedom. Working with DSUK, disabled people get to choose their line, their speed, and get to feel the sheer exhilaration of the rushing ice-cold wind on their face as they learn to master the mountain.
And now, during the current crisis, some of our skiers and snowboarders belong to high-risk and at-risk groups and are facing enhanced restrictions and isolation. We want to ensure they can get back to freedom as soon as it is safe to do so, to rebuild confidence, independence, social networks and health benefits that they may have lost.
We understand Covid-19 is hitting us all hard and we are no exception. With a significant drop in income as a result of not being able to deliver lessons, and having no choice but to cancel critical fundraising events, we need any support you are able to give.
We believe that the British snowsport community is kind, caring and inclusive and we are confident you will help us to continue our vital work. 1.5 million people made it to the mountains last season, it would only take a small donation from each of you to help us to bring the freedom and health benefits that only snowsport can bring to disabled people across the UK.