The Ellie Soutter Foundations
Following the tragic death of his daughter, Team GB athlete Ellie Soutter on her 18th birthday, Tony along with the rest of Ellie’s family set up The Ellie Soutter Foundation and committed to continue fundraising in Ellie’s memory. They want to support promising winter sports athletes, both financially and personally, to help them fulfil their potential and achieve their dreams.
Traditionally, winter sports are regarded as elitist pursuits, reserved for the wealthy. Therefore the pressures on young talented athletes from less privileged backgrounds are immense. Coming from a family without the significant wealth required to reach her full potential, Ellie battled with the pressures of funding and performance. Ultimately they became too much for her and she took her own life in July 2018.
The Ellie Soutter Foundation hopes to provide a safety net for inspiring talent, just like Ellie. As much as possible, the foundation seeks to alleviate these pressures so athletes can focus on their performance without constant financial worry. It hopes to promote social mobility by making winter sports more accessible to those athletes from less wealthy backgrounds. Further to this it looks to assist young people in developing the skills they need to deal with the pressure and stress of modern day life and those for whom the challenges of performance may have caused or be causing mental health issues.
The purpose of the Foundation is to identify and provide support for young people born in the United Kingdom, who have a demonstrable talent for winter sports and would otherwise be unable to maximise their potential because of a lack of financial resources. This will be achieved by providing grants for equipment, training, travel, competing and accommodation. In addition provide them with a network of professionals they can call on when required. The grants will be restricted to those individuals who can demonstrate that their own family circumstances dictate that the opportunity to develop their talent would be denied to them, without this financial support.
Tony moved with his daughter to Les Gets in the French Alps 10 years ago from Surrey, besides owning and running a bar and Indian Restaurant (The Bombay Ski Club) in resort for four years now manages Midas Kitchens selling and installing Kitchens throughout the area.