Getting involved with the community is an important goal for us at Rock Healthcare, and there is one group we’re always keen to support.
Rossendale Special Ski Club is an organisation close to our hearts, not least because our practice nurse, Alison de Vial, is chairman and Cameron de Vial, our office assistant here at Rock, is a member.
The group, which caters for those with learning disabilities, recently hosted the North West Special Olympics Alpine Ski event at its Ski Rossendale base, with skiers coming from the Grampian region, the West Midlands, Surrey and East Anglia to compete.
Thirty-eight young people took part in events including slalom and grand slalom in novice, intermediate and advanced categories, and our own Cameron took home two bronze medals in the advanced division.
While it’s always nice to win, the focus of the event was camaraderie and taking part, with members cheering each other on regardless of which clubs they came from. The day raised £400, which will go towards general upkeep and new equipment.
At Rossendale, members pay £10 a week to ski for two hours and the club, now in its sixth year, has gone from eight to 30 members, ranging in age from eight to 34. Two of Rossendale’s skiers went to the World Games in Austria this year and came away with medals and a whole host of great memories.
As Alison always tells us, events such as this allow those with additional needs to shine, which is why we were happy to pay the piste fees for the ski event and we continue to support the club.