Gone Skiing fundraising event at The Star Inn at Harome, Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 08:53 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:28 20 February 2013

Annabel Twiddle, Mike Smith, Victor Buchanan, Jacquie Pern and Jo Willoughby

Annabel Twiddle, Mike Smith, Victor Buchanan, Jacquie Pern and Jo Willoughby

Almost £24,000 was raised during Gone Skiing a fund raising event supporting the Paralympics' quest of a Yorkshire athlete.

Almost 24,000 was raised during Gone Skiing a fund raising event supporting the Paralympics quest of a Yorkshire athlete. The Star Inn at Harome was turned into a winter wonderland for the event to help sit-skier Jo Willoughby from Barnsley compete in all five Alpine ski events at the Paralympic Winter Games in Whistler, Canada, in March.

The event was organised after Pickering businessman Victor Buchanan promised Jo after meeting her hew would raise enough money to get her to the games.

Gone Skiing organisers led by Annabel Twiddle from Slingsby and Jacqui Pern from The Star Inn along with a long list of local helpers worked tirelessly to ensure the evening was a success. At least 40 tonnes of real snow was shipped in from SNO!zone in Castleford to add to the aprs-ski ambience of the evening.

Donations and pledges were received from more than 30 local businesses and an auction of promises was conducted by Scarborough auctioneer David Duggleby.

Mr Buchanan said: The final total raised on the night by the 146 guests was just under 24,000. Added to the 12,000 already raised by the team and the 17,000 raised by Jo herself there is now a real chance that Great Britain will win her first Alpine Gold Medal at an Olympic games.

Follow Jos progress via her web site at www.jowilloughby.com.
Photographs by Andy Bulmer

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