PhD student and Sport and Exercise Science Consultancy Unit Officer, Ash Willmott was awarded a little ECHO grant to help his joint event with Altitude awareness charity, Para-Monte, go with a bang.
Para-Monte, a charity set up in memory of Adam Savory who died from altitude sickness in 2012, has made a £10,000 donation to the University to help support our work into the causes and effects of this dangerous condition and to educate and raise awareness of its impact.
Adam was a fit and healthy 25-year old who on a trip to Peru lost his life to altitude sickness which developed following a 15-hour bus trip to the city of Cusco (you can read his story here).
The ECHO grant added to the professional feel of the event by funding the hospitality which was available to over 50 guests who were the charity’s trustees, people from the local community, staff and research students.
Welcoming the donation made by Para-Monte, Ash Wilmott from the Sport and Exercise Science Consultancy Unit said: “Many people only associate altitude sickness with things like mountaineering. But it can also affect people on things like skiing and walking trips, as well as people like Adam who was simply taking a bus tour journey.
“Our work aims to improve understanding of who might be at risk, how they might be screened and what they can do to manage the risks. This generous donation will help us to take our work forward and to continue to build on our partnership with Para Monte. It is a great example of how we look to work in partnership on practically-focused research that aims to have a real and positive impact.”