A youngster from Ruislip climbed great heights to raise vital money for a cause close to her heart.
Amy Myers, 21, took on the Walkie Talkie Tower Climb challenge on March 3 to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity), joining hundreds of participants to sprint to the summit of one of London’s most recognisable landmarks, 20 Fenchurch Street, climbing more than 800 stairs across 36 floors in less than 10 minutes.
Amy, a university student who is currently on a work placement at GOSH Charity, took on the challenge to say thank you for the care she received at the hospital as a child. She has currently raised just over £560.
Gymnastics-loving Amy was referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital when, at age 13, she injured her back competing. Scans revealed Amy had crushed the lower discs in her spine and her injury then resulted in her gradually losing movement on one side of her body, her left arm, leg and ankle.
She spent more than a year at GOSH having surgery and intense physio to recover her mobility. Six years later, Amy signed up to take on the Walkie Talkie Tower Climb challenge to raise money for the hospital that helped her to get back on her feet.
Amy said: “At one point after I had the accident my parents were told I might not ever walk again. Before coming to GOSH I may have never had the chance to do something like this and take on this challenge.
“Signing up to the Walkie Talkie Tower Climb really pushed me. It’s all for such a good cause and when the climb got difficult, I just thought about why I was doing it.”
Laura Savory, head of community fundraising at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, said: “We are really grateful to Amy and all our supporters for taking part in this challenge and we’re thrilled to have hosted this Tower Climb event for the first time at the Walkie-Talkie Building.”
The event is proudly sponsored by Rothesay Life. For more information, please visit www.gosh.org/towerclimb or contact the charity’s Walkie-Talkie Tower Climb team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8341 3270.