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'Skiing with Heroes'

'Skiing with Heroes'

On the afternoon of Wednesday January 27th a team from the Charity ‘Skiing with Heroes’ - former Radley Parent, Anna Gage, former Greenjacket Harry Long and Bart Borchardt - visited Radley to tell boys and dons about this Charity’s aims and activities.

Each February, for example, ‘Skiing With Heroes’ takes a party of disabled ex-Service men and women to Klosters in Switzerland and helps them build their confidence and sense of self-esteem by learning to ski, with the help of “ski buddies”.

Harry told us about his background as an ex-soldier, who had served in Iraq and Northern Ireland, then had a serious accident, breaking both his neck and spine, while on special forces’ training in the Brecon Beacons.

The Charity helps disabled ex-soldiers find jobs; so far it has successfully placed people in Law firms, in Estate Management and even the House of Lords.

The stories Harry, Bart and Anna all told of the determination of people like “Derek” and “Andy”, who won two Gold Medals in the Invictus games, proved an inspiration to all present. Bart closed by urging the audience to “have a think about how you can help those less fortunate. At the same time, think about your own sense of purpose.” 

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