Woman climbs Mount Kilimanjaro for charity after Romford friend suffers brain injury

PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:19 12 January 2018

Cam Gibb-Stuart, who suffered a brain injury, with his wife Lucy on the day of their wedding.

Cam Gibb-Stuart, who suffered a brain injury, with his wife Lucy on the day of their wedding.

Cam Gibb-Stuart

A 33-year-old woman is taking on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of a charity after a friend suffered a traumatic head injury.

Amy Smith flew out to Tanzania on Saturday, January 8 to start her 5895m climb up the mountain to raise money for brain injury charity Headway East London.

She was inspired to take on the task after her friend Cam Gibb-Stuart, from Romford, suffered a brain injury in 2013, when during a night out he feel from a height which left him in a coma for three weeks.

As well as sustaining other serious physical injuries, he suffered from a traumatic injury to the brain which, after extensive medical care and rehabilitation, has left him with lifelong disabilities.

After three years in residential care, Cam was able to return home and last year married Amy’s close friend Lucy.

Amy, of Shenfield, said: “While Cam was in residential care, they brought him and Lucy together with others who had been through similar struggles, which was a real help.

“It [the climb] is nothing compared to the long slog Lucy and Cam continue to go through.”

Headway East London runs a day service in Hackney along with support groups, community support and outreach across 13 London boroughs including Havering.

It relies heavily on voluntary donations and the money raised from events help the charity to continue the support it provides families.

Amy set up a Just Giving page to raise £5,000 for the cause and has already received more donations than expected.

She said: “I’m really excited to achieve my target and raise as much money as possible for Headway so that they can continue helping others in similar situations”.

Chief executive of Headway East London Anthony Bonfil said: “It’s down to the generosity of our supporters that we are able to continue raising vital funds to support survivors of brain injury across 13 London boroughs.

“We’d like to thank all our supporters, like Amy, for helping us raise awareness of the work Headway East London does.”

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