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Ice dream of sisters from Farnhill, Keighley
Two sisters have launched a fundraising campaign so they can both compete in an international ice skating event for competitors with impairments.
Hannah Lee and younger sibling Jenny together need to raise £1,900 to take part in next month’s contest, in Iceland.
The pair have so far raised over £800 through various activities, from cake sales to bag packing in supermarkets.
Both sisters – from Farnhill – have taken part in international skating events at Dumfries for the past two years, and won a haul of gold and silver medals.
But their dream is to take to the ice in Reykjavik in the latest global event, from May 23 to 25.
“We would love to be able to participate but obviously the costs involved this time are a little more than in previous years,” said Hannah, 20, who has a rare heart condition which leaves her breathless and tired.
“However, we are determined to raise the £1,900 that we’ll need.
“We have managed to cope with other challenges that our disabilities create on a day to day basis, so we are determined that we’ll meet this challenge head on.”
Hannah, a first-year occupational therapy student at Sheffield Hallam University, took-up skating four years ago.
And Jenny, 17, who is deaf and has a learning difficulty, followed in her skate tracks about a year later. Both are coached by Sarah Evans, at Bradford Ice Rink.
“I try to help Jenny and pass on advice – on a good day she listens really well but at other times she just thinks I’m annoying!” said Hannah.
The sisters both attended South Craven School, at Cross Hills. Jenny is now on a Gateway to Skills course at Craven College, Skipton. They will be continuing their fundraising with bag packing today and tomorrow at Morrisons, in Keighley.
Anyone wishing to support the girls should call 07939 822798.
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