Ski dream comes true for 78-year-old pensioner

17/5/2011'Nick Hatherly helps 78 year old Madge Daubney on the slopes of the Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead.
17/5/2011'Nick Hatherly helps 78 year old Madge Daubney on the slopes of the Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead.

IT was two thumbs up from disabled pensioner Margery Daubney, pictured below, as she fulfilled a long-held dream to whisk down a ski slope.

The 78-year-old, who has multiple sclerosis, made her way down the indoor Hemel Snow Centre slope on a sit-ski with the help of instructor Nick Hatherly.

It is something she has wanted to do since visiting Scotland for two weeks many years ago and being unable to ski due to a lack of snow.

Her dream came true on Tuesday after a friendly neighbour organised the visit.

Mrs Daubney, of Weymouth Street, Hemel Hempstead, said: “I can’t thank him enough. I think the Snow Centre is a wonderful place to go.”

On the same day 11 ski teams took to the slopes with the aim of completing 666 runs in six hours in aid of charity.

The teams of six had help from Olympic Rower Ben Hunt-Davis and Ski Sunday’s Graham Bell. Pictured right is Nathan Yelton dressed as a Sumo wrestler on skis.

The skiathon was held in aid of Disability Snowsport UK, with organisers hoping to raise more than £20,000 nationally as other teams also competed in Milton Keynes and Manchester.

Find out more about the charity at www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk.