Run in memory of brother Adam

Emma Savory
Emma Savory

Runner Emma Savory will be running in this weekend’s Eastbourne Half Marathon to raise money for a charity set up in memory of her brother who died.

Adam Savory died suddenly from altitude sickness during the trip of a lifetime.

He 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 have set up a charity in his memory called Para Monte.

Chris said, “We 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 among the first is Emma and a group of Adam’s friends who will be running in the Eastbourne Half Marathon in his memory and to raise money for Para Monte.

In addition 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.

The charity aims to raise awareness of altitude illnesses and the methods to recognise symptoms and what to do if they occur.

It will offer an important information source for people travelling to altitude.

Altitude sickness is also known as acute mountain sickness and is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude.

It commonly occurs above 8,000 feet and symptoms are said to be similar to flu, carbon monoxide poisoning, or a hangover.

An inquest at Eastbourne Magistrates Court heard earlier this year that Adam was “an intelligent, articulate, popular, well-respected and highly motivated man”.

At the inquest East Sussex coroner Alan Craze said, “It seems as if Adam and Bryn must have come from somewhere near to sea level and didn’t have the chance to acclimatise.

“It seems as if having arrived in Cusco he displayed the symptoms of altitude sickness without realising that was what he had.

“Altitude sickness is progressive and the longer you have it the worse it gets.”