Sean Ellis

As an avid skier and lover of all things sea and mountain, I became aware of Snow-Camp a good few years ago, as they're based near my home in Brighton and this is the first opportunity I've had to really support them. I first learned to ski over 10 dark, rain-sodden, agonising Friday evenings at Woolwich dry ski slope and almost gave up several times. But with the right coach, I learned to change my attitude, persevere, not give up, and channel my negative energy into actually improving my skills. Once I got onto real snow in Austria for the first time, I never looked back. The work that Snow-Camp does echoes my own experience and I'm keen to help them raise funds so that they can continue the work they do to help others benefit from life lessons.

Why I'm keen to take part:
I haven't really 'properly' challenged myself physically for the past few years and so when the opportunity came up to support the Snow-Camp Collective by taking part in the AJ Bell London Triathlon, I jumped at the chance. I want to prove to myself that I can be disciplined to train, follow a plan and achieve results so that I can share that experience with others and raise funds that make a difference for my charity while I do it.

The reason I'm raising money for Snow-Camp:
I'm inspired by the work of Snow-Camp and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in Snow-Camp Collective 2017/18 and the more people that know about Snow-Camp, the greater their impact. They're the UK’s only registered charity that use a unique, alternative approach to engage young inner-city people through a combination of snowsports, life-skills sessions and vocational opportunities - they support and empower them. These young people learn to increase their motivation and aspirations, positively challenge their attitudes, develop their life-skills and gain accredited qualifications and employment opportunities in the snowsports industry and beyond by being given the opportunity of a year-long journey of programmes. Snow-Camp now has a vision to expand its programmes nationally and to support thousands more inner-city young people right across the UK and I'm keen to do my bit to make that vision a reality for our young people.