A Brighouse businesswoman is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for her friend left in a coma after an attack in Thailand.
Katie Jones, 36, says she wants to do anything she can to help Adam Pickles who is still in a coma nearly three months on from the assault that nearly killed him.
The 40-year-old is fighting a form of MRSA and is reported to be responding strongly to requests for movement, such as squeezing his father Andrew’s hand tightly when asked.
Katie, a director of education recruitment firm Provide Education which has offices in Brighouse, said: “After all he has been through since this nightmare began, Adam is still fighting, he is amazing, so I strongly feel we must keep fighting for him too in any way we can.
Katie will fly out to begin her epic trek today which will take her through dense vegetation, rock and ice to reach the summit.
“Kilimanjaro has always appealed to me as a challenge - and with Adam in this situation it feels like a poignant time to do it,” she said. “Hopefully I will be able to raise some contribution towards his care. When no doubt I have a bit of a wobble during the trek, Adam’s own determination and resolve will spur me on.”
Katie’s challenge is the latest in a string of global fundraising events for Adam. Although he is back in England and in Leeds General Infirmary, he and his family are facing care and repatriation fees of £123,000 plus legal fees and rehabilitation costs. For details of how to sponsor Katie, visit www.facebook.com/#!/events/396292430431306/
Adam, originally from Keighley, was attacked on May 17. Many details of theassault remain unknown but it appears Adam was attacked on the drive home from an evening playing pool. He was discovered by a passer-by and rushed to hospital, undergoing two emergency operations to remove clots and bone from his brain. After five weeks in Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, Adam was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary on June 24.
The attack came just months after Adam missed the birth of his son Benjamin last September, after a motorbike crash left him in a coma and needing extensive surgery to rebuild his face
The Facebook page set up for Adam has 6,800 members.