Trek by Brighouse businesswoman in aid of attack victim still in a coma

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Hundreds of pounds have been raised by a Brighouse businesswoman for a man left in a coma after an attack in Thailand.

Katie Jones completed a gruelling trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of her friend Adam Pickles.

She spent six days of hiking and endured a seven-hour final climb in darkness and freezing temperatures to reach the top.

The 36-year-old, a director of education recruitment firm Provide Education which has offices in Brighouse, said her life has been changed by the challenge.

“I had doubts as to whether I would make it to the top as it was so hard – physically, mentally and emotionally,” said Katie.

“The altitude made you feel lightheaded, sick, dizzy and so short of breath – it was really quite surreal.

“After that final climb, I found myself watching the most incredible sunrise across amazing glaciers. I had a massive smile on my face, partly in disbelief that I had actually made it to the roof of Africa.”

Adam, 40, is still battling to wake up three months on from the brutal attack in Thailand that nearly killed him.

He is making progress and has been moved from a high dependency unit to a neurological ward at Leeds General Infirmary.

Katie, who visited Adam at Christmas in Thailand just months before the attack, said thoughts of her close friend helped her keep going as fatigue and high emotion set in.

“It was by far the biggest challenge of my life and an experience I will never forget,” she said.

“I loved every second and can honestly say it’s changed my life.”