Tributes af­ter mum dies in ski­ing ac­ci­dent

Macclesfield Express - - GROSVENOR CENTRE ROW - BETH ABBIT

AMUM on a fam­ily ski-ing hol­i­day has died af­ter hit­ting a tree on the slopes.

Anne Clay­ton, 54, from Poyn­ton, was with her sons Stephen, 22, and An­drew, 19, at the Alpine La Plange re­sort in France when she lost con­trol on Mon­day.

Anne, an ex­pe­ri­enced skier, was on the blue run at the pop­u­lar re­sort.

She was well-known for char­ity work and vol­un­teered with night-time char­ity, the Manch­ester Street An­gels.

Stephen, an es­tate agent, said: “We were on hol­i­day to­gether when it hap­pened.

“We have all skied all of our lives – she was a good skier. It was not a dif­fi­cult run but be­cause it rained, it was quite icy. She lost con­trol and dropped 20 foot off the piste and made con­tact with a tree.”

The fam­ily had ar­rived at the re­sort on Satur­day and were en­joy­ing their se­cond full day on the slopes. The brothers are due to speak to French po­lice about the in­ci­dent.

Anne spent many years vol­un­teer­ing with var­i­ous char­i­ties in­clud­ing Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child.

Af­ter los­ing her hus­band Bob 12 years ago, Anne be­came a well­known and re­spected vol- un­teer with the Manch­ester Street An­gels, who help vul­ner­a­ble and lost peo­ple in the city at night.

Stephen said his mum had also been to Bul­garia and Ro­ma­nia to de­liver sup­plies with Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child.

He said: “She re­ally looked af­ter us and was a re­ally car­ing per­son. She also helped out at var­i­ous food banks around our lo­cal area. She was known for her vol­un­tary work. Mum was very car­ing and would not do any­thing for her­self un­less it ben­e­fit­ted other peo­ple. She was al­ways ready to do a lot for oth­ers.

“She had a lot of close friends that we have had to tell.

“She was very pop­u­lar. She loved life and just got things done.”

A post on the Manch­ester Street An­gels Face­book page also paid trib­ute to car­ing Anne. It read: “We share this news with a very heavy heart. Our very dear friend & amaz­ing an­gel has sadly passed away. God needed a true An­gel to join him. Send­ing all our love to her fam­ily, friends & fel­low An­gels. Gone but never for­got­ten”

A For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice spokesman said: “We are sup­port­ing the fam­ily of a Bri­tish na­tional and re­main in con­tact with the French au­thor­i­ties.”

Manch­ester Street An­gels/PA Wire

●● Left, Anne Clay­ton was a vol­un­teer with Manch­ester Street An­gels, in­set, with sons An­drew and Stephen

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