Norfolk Snowsports ski challenge for air ambulance

A snowsports club based at the dry ski slope at Trowse has raised more than �2,00 for the air ambulance.

The Norfolk Snowsports Club held a marathon sponsored ski and snowboard challenge to raise �2,230 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).

During the event ,which took place on October 23, 31 members aged between seven and 50 skied for up to six hours.

The 'Mont Blanc' run challenge required members to complete 28 runs of the dry slope, while the Monte Baranci Circuit called for 53 runs and the most challenging run, named after Europe's longest black run, Sarenne in Alpe d'Huez, required 94 runs.

Club chairman Nigel Riches said: 'We're delighted to be supporting such an important regional charity. I'd like to thank the participants and the volunteers who helped to make sure everything ran smoothly.'

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EAAA fundraising manager Jess Down said: 'For those unfortunate enough to be involved in serious accidents or medical emergencies, the likelihood of full recovery, perhaps even of survival, can depend on the level of specialist medical care they receive and how quickly they receive it. The air ambulance plays a vital role, bringing highly skilled doctors and paramedics to the scene of incidents, even those taking place in remote locations, quickly.

'We're so grateful to everyone involved in this spectacular event and would like to wish the members of the Norfolk Snowsports Club a very happy New Year.'

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The East Anglian Air Ambulance operates two dedicated air ambulances, 365 days per year, across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. It has to raise �4.2m per year to operate its life-saving service and receives no direct government funding.

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