Climb­ing, rac­ing, help­ing

Ly­dia, 10, scales Kil­i­man­jaro in aid of spinal cord re­search

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

CON­QUER­ING KILI:

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

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