Club’s misfortune means upgrade for school ski slope

Date: Friday 24th January 2014
Mr. Jackson (second from right) and school ski coach Clare Powell accept the cheque for £17,500 from the club’s Martin Statter and Elaine McLaughlin.
Mr. Jackson (second from right) and school ski coach Clare Powell accept the cheque for £17,500 from the club’s Martin Statter and Elaine McLaughlin.

KESWICK School has received a donation of £17,500 from West Cumbria Ski Club to upgrade its own dry ski slope and invest in new equipment.

The club originally raised the money with the intention of creating its own new facility to replace the slope it used to use at the former Ehenside School, Cleator Moor, but was unable to find a suitable site for this scheme.

Members then decided to donate the money they had raised for the project to Keswick School for its own ski facilities. There has been a dry slope at the school since 1977, which has been improved over the years.

Completion of the improvements with the money donated by the club will allow the school to hire out the facility for use by the local community, as well as supporting outdoor education for students.

School headmaster Simon Jackson said: “I am delighted to accept this very generous donation from the West Cumbria Ski Club. It will enhance the current dry ski slope facility and benefit many pupils both now and in the future, and the wider community.

“We have a long history and tradition of ski coaching at Keswick School and one of our current year 10 pupils, Francesca Lee, is currently the British outdoor under-16 champion.”

BELOW: Mr. Jackson (second from right) and school ski coach Clare Powell accept the cheque for £17,500 from the club’s Martin Statter and Elaine McLaughlin.