Ice Cool Kids

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Ice Cool Kids

March 29, 2018

Ice Cool Kids is another charity started by physiotherapists in late 2005 and works to raise money for children with special needs and young people to participate in skiing, both here in Wales and abroad. The aim is to give these children and young people the opportunities and experiences skiing provides.

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We caught up with Chris from the charity to find out more.

"The aim is to give these children and young people the opportunity to experience a holiday from which they would normally be excluded and have the opportunity to ski on a monthly basis at a dry ski slope. Participating in this therapeutic activity not only allows them to fulfil a dream but also brings a huge sense of fun, enjoyment and achievement. Skiing helps promote co-ordination, balance, movement control and general health and well being. It enables the children to develop their functional abilities and to reach their full potential, so improving their independence and quality of life. Perhaps we have a future Paralympics skier in our midst!

In 2008 Ice Cool Kids organised their first ten day ski therapy adventure in the French Alps, where everyone had a fantastic time. Whilst there, many of the children achieved things that they would never have dreamed possible including some skiing independently down the slopes. All returned with huge smiles on their faces and with life long friends.

Since then, trips have also been undertaken in 2010 and 2013 and 2016. The 2013 & 2016 trip saw two full coaches leave for The Alps where even the bus drivers got involved and had fun.

Ice Cool Kids also have ski weekends twice a year at Llangrannog.

Nearly 300 members - parents, siblings and ski volunteers/helpers have also gained from our group in developing team skills and gaining fulfilment and enthusiasm from watching the children develop.  We now all work together as if a family each playing their part to enable us all to achieve our best.

Some of the quotes following our adventures included:-

‘The best time of my life so far’

‘When are we heading out there again?’

‘It was fantastic’  ‘Please can I go again?’ ‘My best holiday ever’

‘I can do it myself’ “ I love skiing with my brothers and sister”

Ice Cool Kids raise money through various means be it donations, our annual charity ball, fun evenings or bag packing and usually everyone tries to get involved. It really does feel like we are one big family!

Our fundraising not only pays for monthly dry ski slope sessions in Pembrey, the trips abroad, but also has allowed us to be able to purchase some much needed new equipment so that more and more children and young people can now join in these fun and thrilling experiences.

Ice Cool Kids is a charity run solely by volunteers and every penny we manage to raise enables us to allow our children and young people, the fantastic experiences which they benefit from. We ride bikes, go camping and also surf."

If you would like to get involved with Ice Cool Kids, you can contact the charity via their contact page on their website: www.icecoolkids.org/photos.html


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