Snow – Camp Charity
Snow-Camp was founded by Dan Charlish in 2003. Working as a youth worker on an estate in Stockwell at the time, Dan overheard his group saying, whilst playing a snowboarding X-Box game, that this was the closest they were ever going to get to snowsports. A snowboarder himself, Dan realised that snowsports could be the mechanism to bring about positive social change for his young people. The shift from inner-city estate to the mountain environment was so extreme, that in itself created a response in young people, widening their horizons and raising their aspirations.
In 2007, their work evolved from residential trips abroad into a UK based training programme taking place at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. 17 years on and they’re now working with youth projects and youth service providers nationally to target those most in need of our support.
Snow-Camp is the UK’s only charity using a combination of snowsports, life-skills training and mental wellbeing support to help young people from inner-city communities. Working at the indoor snow centres in London, the North West, the Midlands and Scotland, Snow-Camp also provide qualifications, work experience and volunteering opportunities to those who would never normally get the chance to access the snowsports industry. In 2019, HRH Princess Anne awarded Snow-Camp with a Princess Royal Training Award for their life-changing work and in 2020 they were Highly Commended at the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Snow Camp’s mission is to engage young people through skiing and snowboarding to provide life-skills training and mental health support while enabling them to gain qualifications and employment in the snowsports industry and beyond.
Meriski’s and Mathews Luxury Travel’s Contribution
Meriski works closely with Snow-Camp by raising money to contribute to their charity. We are contributing by giving £10 for every Meriski booking. Our Founder & Chairman raised £50,000 (the most ever raised) with 15 others by cycling the Fred Whitton Challenge route, 113 miles round the Lake District. We have also attended and sponsored many Snowcamp charity events.
Visit their website for further details and donations: https://annualreview.snow-camp.org.uk