A GROUP of blind and partially sighted people hit the slopes to go skiing and sledging recently.

East London Vision (ELVis), in partnership with Metro Blind Sport (Metro), took 17 blind and partially sighted people, along with volunteers and ELVis and Metro staff, to the Snozone Centre in Milton Keynes on Saturday 28 January.

When they arrived at the centre, the participants kitted up in their ski jackets and bottoms ready to go sledging or skiing, before swapping to the other activity after lunch.

Some of the more experienced skiers in the group had the opportunity to show off their skiing skills and scaled the slopes from much greater heights with instructors alongside them.

One of the participants said it was a well organised and fun day.

“It was fab having my own volunteer all day and she was helpful and fun,” the participant said.

A participant and volunteer coming down the slope on a sledge

Pic caption: A participant and volunteer enjoying sledging on the slope

One of the volunteers said they had enjoyed the day with their participant.

“Ketan and I both had an amazing time and everyone has inspired us to give it another go! We can’t wait for the next event,” the volunteer said.

Masuma Ali, ELVis Chief Executive, said it was great to see that the event appealed to beginner and advanced skiers.

“Huge thank you to all staff, volunteers and Snozone Milton Keynes for helping to make the day a success,” Masuma said.

Ian Francis, Metro Blind Sport Development Officer, said it was a fun and tiring but rewarding experience, with many skiers keen to return and develop their skills.

“Thank you to our partners East London Vision for all their time and energy behind the scenes to make these events happen,” Ian said.

The trip was funded by the Primary Club.