National Star College learners to embark on dream ski trip

Andorra ski trip National Star College

A group of National Star College learners will soon be fulfilling a dream of a lifetime – learning to ski in Arinsal, Andorra.

Seven learners will depart on 16 January 2016, and include twenty-year-old Alex Johnson.

Alex is a second year learner and has Ataxic Cerebral Palsy which affects all of his limbs, reduces his balance and makes co-ordinating movements almost impossible at times.

He said:

‘When I was six my sister went on a ski trip. I never thought I’d be able to go on one myself. It’s just mind boggling that I have been given this chance.’

Four learners will use adapted skis and each will need the support of three people due to the complexity of their disabilities. Others will require one-to-one supervision due to their disability.

Six members of staff will accompany the learners on the trip, which is being organised by our Senior Physiotherapist, Verity Fisher.

‘Whilst this will undoubtedly be an amazing trip, it brings with it a host of challenges due to the complex disabilities of our students. But we are determined not to let this stop us,’ she said.

‘National Star is all about what people can achieve – not what they can’t – and why shouldn’t a group of young people with disabilities enjoy a trip of a lifetime like their able-bodied peers?

‘All have the potential to gain physically, socially and emotionally through this opportunity.’

The week-long adventure will see the learners undertake daily skiing lessons, providing them with the opportunity to develop physiotherapy goals, improve confidence and nurture communication skills. This is the first time National Star has offered the opportunity for learners to ski.

The cost of the trip is approximately £14,000, which will include flights, an accessible hotel, ski clothing and adapted ski equipment. We’re now busy fundraising to reach our target. If you would like to make a donation – no matter how small – click here!

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