Following the Lewis Lodge No 872 installation meeting, the WM, W. Bro Rod Eglin and his wife Chris travelled to the Chill Factor indoor ski arena in Manchester to present a cheque to his chosen charity: Disability Snow Sports UK (DSSUK). The charity, which is close to the WM’s heart, was set up to enable people with severe disabilities to participate in winter sports as an equal, alongside able-bodied people.
DSSUK are a people-centred organisation with a unique sense of purpose: that anyone regardless of their disability can take part in and enjoy the thrill of snow-sports. They have applied exceptional know-how and adaptability for over 30 years to enable those with a disability to experience the joy of skiing alongside the able-bodied, providing life-enhancing activities for individuals or groups who require adaptive equipment and/or special instruction and support.
The cheque was received by Harry (pictured below) who has autism. He was one of the people who were taking part in lessons in preparation for a week of skiing in France. Also pictured Is the Head of Fundraising.
All the money donated goes towards buying equipment, training people with disabilities and organising tours. Some of their clients have gone on to partake in the Winter Olympics representing Great Britain.
W Bro Eglin said “I was very proud of the generosity of Lewis Lodge and visitors in raising this money for DSSUK. I was impressed with the instructors and equipment that is provided. Our donation was very welcome as just one sit-ski that allows a paraplegic person to experience snow sports costs in excess of £4000.”
A comment made in 1974 is still very relevant today…..“Why shouldn’t you have a wheelchair on the top of a mountain?”