Charity event at Castleford’s Snozone

A scene from Castleford's Snozone at Xscape where the charity event will be held this Saturday. Picture: Simon Hulme.
A scene from Castleford's Snozone at Xscape where the charity event will be held this Saturday. Picture: Simon Hulme.
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Castleford’s Snozone has become an official partner of Sense, the charity that supports and campaigns for deafblind people.

Snozone believes that everybody should have access to winter sports and is organising an event this Saturday (May 31) to showcase and promote the new alliance.

Supporting the event and fresh from the Sochi Olympics will be freeskier Katie Summerhayes from Sheffield and Paralympic sitskier Jo Willoughby from Barnsley. Also attending are Huddersfield Marching Band, the world’s fastest marching band, who recently completed the London marathon complete with instruments!

Customers will be able to book a seven hour slope pass at Castleford’s Snozone within Xscape and 25 per cent of all proceeds will be donated to Sense to help fund its important work, helping to change lives across the UK.

On the day of the event, the slopes will include freestyle features such as race gates where riders can try to beat the professional coaches.

Complimentary sledging sessions will be on offer to all families who are supported by Sense and Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) will also provide taster lessons to give people with any disability the opportunity to try winter sports.

It promises to be a memorable event for skiers, snowboarders and also for spectators, who are welcome to visit and watch for free.

Sue Piper, the Coroprate Fundraising Manager at Sense said:: “We are delighted to join forces with Snozone in this charity partnership. We look forward to supporting the Snozone sites in both Milton Keynes and Castleford in their efforts to raise funds for our projects and services in the next two years. Our dedicated team will work closely with Snozone to ensure the partnership is successful for all concerned.”

Zoe Fenner, general manager for Castleford’s Snozone, said: “We are thrilled that Katie and Jo will be here to support our new partnership with Sense. 18-year-old Katie has an exciting career ahead of her and Jo is an absolute inspiration, who defied all odds to compete in the British Paralympic team. We hope their entusiasm will rub off on our stars of the future who regularly train with us at Snozone and those who have never considered that skiing or snowboarding is an option for them, to embrace the taster sessions and enjoy the slopes for the first time.”

The event is from 11am to 6pm this Saturday.

The price is £40 for a seven hour slope pass. All riders must meet Snozone’s minimum standard - ability to link turns, control speed and use a poma lift.

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