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Disabled skier, Ben SneesbyBen Sneesby

Ben Sneesby is a young disabled alpine skier from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Ben has a spinal injury resulting from Neuroblastoma, a cancer that affects children up to the age of 14 and known to be one of the most vicious forms of cancer. As the tumour was sited in his spine and his abdomen, he has no sensation in his left leg and only partial sensation in his right leg. Ben has had chemotherapy treatment and surgery for the removal of the residual tumour, and has also had to undergo numerous operations on his feet, legs and hips to correct his bone growth. Ben wants to represent Great Britain in para-skiing.

Ben receives JWCT funding via Sports Aid, a partner organisation of the JWCT. Sports Aid is a charity helping the next generation of young able-bodied and disabled British sportsmen and women to succeed.


May 2009

Ben has been awarded a 750 JWCT grant. The 14 year-old has shown incredible talent to date and as such is on Great Britain’s Youth Development Team, and is getting a chance to get his first race grading this summer in New Zealand with the Development Team.

The funding will help with his training, equipment and travel costs. Tom Willson, Jeremy’s brother, said that “the JWCT is pleased to be able to support Ben’s ambitions in skiing and help him to continue developing his skills on the slopes.”

May 2008

Ben has received a 750 grant from the JWCT. The 13 year-old is a member of the British Junior Development team and will be competing competitively this year after showing tremendous talent despite the tough physical challenges of his disability.

Ben’s mother, Janet Sneesby, said “Sport means so much to Ben, he derives such pleasure and self esteem from it.”

The Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust
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