At the British Championships last week competitors of all ages donned their Christmas jumpers and took part in NISA’s Big Santa Skate for the ITV Text Santa appeal.
ITV’s annual fundraising appeal, Text Santa aims to give hope to families in difficulty through three charities; Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish UK, and Save the Children. This year the National Ice Skating Association is fundraising for Text Santa to get the appeal on the ice.
Among those at the British Championships, skating in their favourite Christmas jumpers were elite pair Christopher Boyadji and Amani Fancy with their International Coach Mark Naylor, and the Olympic champion turned NISA High Performance Manager Robin Cousins.
Getting into the festive spirit, Robin said;
“It was great to be involved in the launch of such an exciting appeal. The British Championships is a huge event and naturally a tense time for many so it was great to do something light-hearted and fun, it was a great way for the skaters to let their hair down.
This is a great initiative for us to be involved in and we urge everybody to do your bit in a Christmas Knit - wear a jumper and donate to Text Santa.”
This Big Santa Skate launched the start of NISA and ITV’s joint fundraising drive. Over the next few weeks, NISA affiliated skating clubs up and down the country are planning sponsored skates in their favourite Christmas jumpers to help support the appeal on a national level.
If you are NISA affiliated skating club and you would like to get involved in the ITV Text Santa appeal, find out more online.
For more information on Text Santa, click here.
Published 9th December 2015