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When most of the snow has disappeared from the Alps, what does Snow-Camp do for fundraising? The answer to that question this summer is kitesurfing!

This September “The Big Charity Downwinder” hits the South Coast of England with Lewis Crathern, legendary professional kitesurfer leading the way. On the day, participants will join together to break a world record of the ‘largest parade of kitesurfers ever’. This requires over 250 participants for the record attempt on the course around Hayling Island in Hampshire. With this amount of people required to make the event a success, the charity is looking for plenty of people to sign up over the coming weeks through a form at:

After the mass record attempt over the relatively short distance of one mile, it is then time to head along the South Coast. From the beginning in Hayling Island a downwinder all the way to Lancing will be attempted. A distance of 40 miles means this is not for everyone but the aim is to get as many as possible along the coast to finish the day in style. Dan Charlish from the charity tested the route with Lewis Crathern, so it can be done!

Such a feat is weather permitting hence why the event is scheduled for September rather than a specific day. Preparations will be set in motion on a Thursday if the coming weekend looks like it will have the right conditions. A final decision will be made on the Friday in light of the conditions with kitesurfers set to flock to the South Coast soon after.

As well as Snow-Camp benefitting from the day’s events the RNLI will also benefit from the money raised. A number of kitesurfing industry specialists are supporting the event as well with a full list on the website.

Follow the preparations for the big day @bigdownwinder or ‘Like’ the event at For more information, a link to the sign up form or to donate visit

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Snow-Camp is an innovative youth charity that uses a unique combination of skiing, snowboarding and life-skills programmes to support inner-city young people.Through the combination of snowsports and life-skills, their programmes enable young people to grow in confidence and self-esteem, develop as individuals and make positive choices for their lives. Snow-Camp programmes also enable young people to reflect on the key issues impacting their day to day lives, and help them develop new skills to support their futures – particularly towards careers in the snowsport industry. 

Snow-Camp has grown steadily from 2003 and now works with at least 400 young people each year across 12 London Boroughs. Their vision is to expand Snow-Camp to other cities across the UK and bring the success of our approach to benefit many more inner-city young people.


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Heaven Publicity is a travel and ski publicity agency launched by Lynsey Devon. Over 20 years Lynsey has earned a reputation for building effective and successful publicity campaigns for leading companies in the travel and ski industries.