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Climbing high for King’s

22.01.16 Categories: Patient stories, Staff stories, Supporter stories

“Dark days transformed into a wonderful outcome by the skilled and dedicated staff at King’s,” Helen Ahmet, King’s fundraiser

King’s governor Helen Ahmet is fundraising for her hospital by scaling Mount Kilimanjaro on 10 February. This is in thanks for the treatment her son received in 2010 for a brain condition.

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‘The neurology team – led by Mr Bassi – saved my son's life, and with the care he received, he has made a complete recovery. His case was severe and urgent – “ambulance across London with sirens blasting” urgent,’ Helen says. 

However, after being treated at King’s, her son has thankfully recovered. Helen is now a patient governor at King’s and helps patients with any concerns they may have.

‘I became a governor in order to try to give something back. It is no secret that our best hospitals, like King’s, are having to manage increased demand with ever smaller resources. I am continuously moved and impressed with the people that I meet, and the stories that I am told in my work as a patient governor.’

A desire to get outdoors after studying for her degree turned into this fundraising opportunity.

Helen says, ‘I was finishing my MSc in 2015. Feeling very much a prisoner of the library, I decided an outdoor challenge was required. Kilimanjaro is certainly that, at 5,895 metres high. Once I had committed to my challenge – which is completely self-funded – I then saw an opportunity to raise funds for King’s.

‘Since beginning fundraising, I have been approached by others who have similar accounts to give regarding the excellent standards of care that they, or their loved ones, have received at King’s.

‘I would encourage anyone who is doing something, or is planning an event or challenge, to think of King’s because it is very easy to start a fundraising page. I suspect, like many, I will never properly be able to express my thanks to King’s, but I will keep trying. Please donate to my fundraising page if you can.’

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