Left to right back: Doug Fagone from Cranmore Mountain; Kathy Bennett, Vice President Community Relations at Memorial Hospital; and Melissa Linne and Ray Gilmore from Cranmore Mountain. Left to right front: Adeline Oberg and Anastacia Spurlock from Bartlett Elementary School; and Maira Morgan and Abigail Hynes from Jackson Grammar School. ~ Photo Courtesy Of Melody Nester
NORTH CONWAY, NH – Memorial Hospital is making sure kids can ski and ride safely this winter regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Memorial hospital teamed up with local schools in order to ensure that local school children have appropriate helmets for their participation in the Eastern Slope Ski Club’s Junior Ski Program.
Cranmore Mountain helped out by sorting and distributing the over 200 helmets as part of the ESSC equipment pick up process. Kathy Bennett, Vice President of Community Relations for Memorial, said “We’re thankful to Cranmore for continuing to make this program possible by working with us on the distribution of helmets to the students. We couldn’t do it without them,”
Participating schools include Schools participating in the Safe Skier Initiative include Bartlett Elementary, K.A. Brett School in Tamworth, Conway Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Jackson Grammar School, John Fuller, Madison Elementary, Robert Frost Charter School and Pine Tree School.
To qualify for a free helmet, students must be enrolled in the school’s free/reduced rate meals program while others have the opportunity to purchase helmets at a significant discount.
The program is funded by Memorial Hospital’s Roger C. Clapp Memorial Ski Helmet Fund. Clapp, who passed away in 2013, was a hospital trustee for many years and a passionate lifelong skier.
To help ensure the future of the program, the Memorial Hospital Foundation created the Roger C. Clapp Memorial Ski Helmet Fund. Clapp, who passed away in 2013, was a hospital trustee for many years and a passionate lifelong skier. Family and friends made memorial donations to the fund and continue to encourage contributions to it.
Those looking for more information or who wish to donate can go to www.memorialhospitalnh.org/waystogive.