The family of a 25-year-old Eastbourne man who died suddenly from altitude sickness during the trip of a lifetime have set up a charity in his memory.
Adam Savory was just over a month into a journey around north and south America when tragedy struck in September last year.
The former Ratton School and Park College student had travelled with friend Bryn Harbourne to the ancient Inca city of Cusco in south eastern Peru more than 3,000 metres above sea level, but became unwell and died within days.
Adam’s parents Chris and Jeannet and sister Emma want to make people who have a gap year, or any person going travelling, to be aware of the dangers of altitude sickness and a website will soon be available with more information on the subject.
Chris said, “We have called the charity Para Monte, which means beyond the mountains, to raise further awareness of altitude sickness and this is the way we can best preserve Adam’s memory. The memorial fund was set up in September and donations plus fundraising events have now achieved the financial level for registered charity status.
“We hope by setting up the charity we can help warn people of the dangers of altitude sickness and help prevent any further unnecessary loss of life. We particularly want to make people who have a gap year and may be going off travelling to be aware of the dangers.”
Fundraising events are being organised and Jeannet said, “Adam’s sister Emma and some of his friends will be running in the Eastbourne Half Marathon to raise money for his fund.”
Mrs Savory also said two of Adam’s friends Alex Spiers and Nick Webb from the band Emperor The Stag have written a song in his memory which can be downloaded from Stop Thinking Records, in return for a donation.
An Eastbourne inquest last week heard how Adam was described as “an intelligent, articulate, popular, well-respected and highly motivated young man”.
More than 200 people attended a tribute to Adam at the Crematorium in October.