Skiathon on the slopes for East Anglian Air Ambulance

Charity skiers taking to the slope at the Norfolk Snowsports Club, Whitlingham Lane. Martin Dade with his sons Jake and Tommy. Photo: Steve Adams Charity skiers taking to the slope at the Norfolk Snowsports Club, Whitlingham Lane. Martin Dade with his sons Jake and Tommy. Photo: Steve Adams

Sunday, October 21, 2012
11:33 PM

Dozens of skiers tucked up and sped downhill yesterday to make sure a lifesaving service could stay up in the air.

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Charity skiers taking to the slope at the Norfolk Snowsports Club, Whitlingham Lane. Photo: Steve AdamsCharity skiers taking to the slope at the Norfolk Snowsports Club, Whitlingham Lane. Photo: Steve Adams

Members of Norfolk Snowsports Club held a fundraising afternoon of Olympic-themed activities for the East Anglian Air Ambulance as part of a club open day.

The day’s main event was a skiathon enthusiastically completed by 47 club members, which saw them completing up to 100 descents of the dry ski slope – a distance of over 10 miles.

With other activities including a barbecue, raffle, bring and buy sale and taster sessions, manager Deborah Anstee said the club at Whitlingham Lane, Trowse was on track to beat its 2011 total of £2,200 for the emergency service.

“We had even more people on the slope for the skiathon than we did last time, when we had 35, so when all the sponsorship money is in we should be on target,” she said.

The day was made possible by upwards of 40 volunteers of all ages who gave their time to organise the events, she added.

“The East Anglia Air Ambulance is a really good cause. It looks after people all over the region, and you never know when you might need their services.”

As well as the 47 sponsored skiathon participants, 110 people took the chance to try a 45-minute taster ski or snowboard lesson, while 100 people tried out tubing.

As a challenge to those in the skiathon, Olympic-themed games were introduced during the descents, signalled by a blast of Ski Sunday music.

These included fencing, in which skiers had to burst a balloon with a ski pole, long jump and shot put.

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