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James reaches Killimanjaro summit for Headway East London

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 April 2012

James Cartwright and pal Saul Fabian reach 19,000ft Kilimanjaro summit

James Cartwright and pal Saul Fabian reach 19,000ft Kilimanjaro summit

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The son of a trustee at east London's unique brain injury charity has climbed 19,000 feet up Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, raising funds for his dad's therapy centre.

James Cartwright, whose father is on the board of Headway East London, has returned from a sponsored climb with his friend Saul Fabian after taking four days to reach the summit with a local guide—even risking his health in the altitude.

“Cerebral Edema is a concern on the mountain,” James said. “There are varying degrees of mountain sickness that made us both worry about acquiring damage to the brain ourselves.

“But spending four days constantly concerned about the health of your brain really makes you think—the charity is doing work that will come under greater pressure with continued spending cuts.”

Once at the summit, it was ‘down hill’ all the way without mishap—and having raised £3,000 for the Headway therapy centre in Shoreditch, one of only two in Greater London.

James still hopes to raise more funds from wellwishers online: http://www.justgiving.com/James-Cartwright1

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