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Kent-Based Snowboarder Is Helped To Compete In The Winter Paralympics

Charitable giving really does make a difference to people’s lives, as James Barnes-Miller, Great Britain’s first ever paralympic snowboarder competing in the PyeongChang 2018 winter games in South Korea found out.

Just a few weeks before his attempt to qualify for PyeongChang, James’ van was broken into and his equipment worth £10,000 stolen. After speaking to Paul Moore, a member of the Emergency Services Lodge in Birchington, the lodge carried out some rapid fundraising to help James. Together with some matched-funding from the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons Charity, James was able to raise enough money to equip himself and go on to qualify for the winter paralympics.

He came seventh in the Snowboard Cross and tenth in the Banked Slalom (Upper Limb Impaired) and is immensley proud to be a paralympian. James wanted to express his thanks to the Emergency Services Lodge and the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity for helping him to raise the necessary funding.

Watch him compete and talk about his experience in the video clip below.