Patrick Thorne

29 Jun 20

Snowsports Charity Running Virtual Auction on 4th of July

Patrick Thorne

29 Jun 20

The Ellie Soutter Foundation is staging a virtual auction, this Saturday, July 4th, 2020.

The charity, which is dedicated to supporting talented young people in snow sports, will stream the auction live from the French Alps on Saturday 4th July between 4:30-7:30pm CET.

Items available to bid for include a holiday in Thailand, game fishing in Portugal, a pair of limited-edition skis, a 3-night B&B stay in Morzine and much more.

The online auction is already live now and will close at 7pm CET on Saturday 4th July, to bid simply follow this link.

There is also a raffle featuring a whole host of amazing prizes to be won, including: ski lessons with LGS Snowsports tuition, a pair of Summit goggles and a day trip to Annecy, all of which can be won for only a 5€ ticket!

Simply follow the Foundation on Facebook or Instagram to join in with the raffle and make sure you don’t miss out on bagging yourself a brilliant prize.

All of the funds raised will go towards The Ellie Soutter Foundation’s commitment to supporting promising ski and snowboard athletes, both financially and mentally to help, them fulfil their potential and achieve their dreams.

Ellie Soutter was one of the most progressive Junior Female Snowboard Athletes of Great Britain and  became Vice Champion of the world in the Junior Freeride World Tour in 2017. She was winner of a Bronze medal for Team GB at the 2017 European Youth Olympics and was tipped to be one of GBs strongest contenders for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

But as a junior athlete coming from a family without substantial wealth, Ellie often had to miss out on competing and training through lack of funds. She felt and understood the constant pressure to obtain the necessary funds for her training and events. She took her own life on her 18th birthday.

Ellie’s family then decided to form The Ellie Soutter Foundation in her memory to help and assist other young winter athletes in similar circumstances. The foundation’s aim is to help young athletes at all levels with funding for their journeys and ensure they receive the kind of support and training that can help identify mental health issues that can arise from the pressures they are often placed under and help prevent the situation that ultimately led to Ellie taking her own life.

All images credit The Ellie Soutter Foundation