Tributes after mum dies in skiing accident
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.”
●● Left, Anne Clayton was a volunteer with Manchester Street Angels, inset, with sons Andrew and Stephen