Climbing, racing, helping
Lydia, 10, scales Kilimanjaro in aid of spinal cord research
AN UXBRIDGE 10-yearold has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro all by herself after being inspired by her mum.
Lydia Louw’s mother cares for people with spinal injuries at a nearby hospital, so the sporty 10-year-old decided to raise money for Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research, a charity which undertakes research to help improve quality of life after paralysis.
Unfazed by the 5,895-metre challenge, Lydia went on to win the Middlesex Cross Country Championship after her return on January 5.
She said: “I felt really proud when I reached the top, proud of myself and proud because I wanted to help people with spinal cord injury.
“I really want to raise all of the money so I am going to do as much as I can to keep going so the charity can buy the Toyra.”
Lydia set herself the fundraising target of £2,000£2 000 to fund a software and equipment bundle from Spain called the Toyra.
The Xbox Toyra Kinect uses to
an help improve arm function in those with tetraplegic spinal cord injury using different software to enable rehabilitation to continue at home.
The system has the potential to significantly lessen hospital visits and can improve quality of life after paralysis.
Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research requires the funding of the Toyra in order to undertake a trial to determine effectiveness and feasibility.
Lydia is keen to hit her target post-climb and set up a JustGiving page. You can donate at justgiving. c o m / Lyd i a - L o u w - U p - Kilimanjaro
You can find out more about the charity at lifeafterparalysis.com.
n Lydia Louw, 10, climbed Africa’s highest mountain to raise money for spinal injuriesnj research and came back to win a county cross country race