Ford Transit helps out disabled ski team

The nine-seater Tourneo model, with a 280 short-wheelbase has been delivered to the Snow Centre at Hemel Hamstead for use by the ski team.

“Reliable transport is of huge importance to us,” said Lt Col Mike Quaile, deputy chairman of the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team. “Most team members are single or double amputees who have been injured on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The equipment will be used when the team travel to Austria for training for Inter-Service Championships and help the rehabilitation of the soldiers.

The Transit will have to deal with winding Alp roads and wintery weather, as well as dealing with all of the equipment the team carries.

"The Transit will allow us to move them and all their bulky equipment around the Alps and is an absolute lifeline for the team… just invaluable, enabling us to move the whole team safely and comfortably," Quaile added.

Membership of the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team is open to any disabled personnel serving in the Army, Navy or Air Force. There are several inter-service events and three of the team are also in the British Disabled Ski Team hoping to compete in the 2014 Winter Paralympics.

“Ford is delighted to be a sponsor of the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team,” said David Petts. “It’s great to see the Ford Transit being put to such good use. The skill and commitment shown by team members and their instructors and leaders is an inspiration, and we wish them all the best of luck for their forthcoming adventures on the slopes.”