Dundee graduate Zoe set to climb Kilimanjaro in memory of mentor

Zoe Paterson

A University of Dundee graduate will take on Africa’s tallest peak this month, in memory of her university supervisor and colleague, Dr Garry Sime.

Zoe Paterson, who graduated with a degree in dentistry in 2014, will set off to scale Mount Kilimanjaro next week in memory of Dr Sime, who died after suffering a stroke in 2016.

Looking forward to tackling the 19,000ft ascent, Zoe said: “I actually wanted to take on Everest but since I’ve never climbed a mountain before, I figured the tallest in Africa might be more achievable.

“Garry was a close friend and an incredible mentor.

“I hope that by challenging myself and fundraising for the Stroke Association, I can raise some awareness of a condition that can kill so quickly.”

So far Zoe has raised more than half the amount she wishes to donate to Stroke.

Donations will not contribute to the cost of the climb and those willing to support Zoe’s mountain-effort can do so at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/zoeyp19191