Higgs backs Mount Kilimanjaro climb for SIA

19th March 2021

Higgs backs Mount Kilimanjaro climb for SIA

Higgs & Sons is backing the monumental efforts of a paralysed Manchester bombing victim as he scales Africa’s largest mountain.

Determined Martin Hibbert is hoping to raise £1m for the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in September.

Higgs & Sons is the Trusted Legal Partner in the West Midlands region for the SIA and praised Martin’s commitment to helping other people with spinal injuries.

Andy Shaw, Partner and Head of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence at Higgs & Sons, said: “We’re very proud to be partners with SIA and our major trauma and clinical negligence teams are passionate about helping those affected by spinal cord injuries.

“Martin is taking on an incredible challenge. He has already achieved a great deal of awareness for SIA through the challenge, including an appearance on Good Morning Britain. We hope he eclipses his £1m target.”

Martin, 44 and from Bolton, was paralysed in the Manchester terror attack in 2017 that killed 22 people and injured hundreds more, including his teenage daughter.

Martin will use a Bowhead hand bike to cross dense rainforest, boulder fields and snow to climb over 19,000ft.

“Disabled people have to climb their own mountains every day, so I’ve decided to climb a real one,” said Martin.

“Too often the focus is on what disabled people can’t do, not what they can do. I’m challenging that. I want to turn an appalling act of terrorism into the complete opposite – bringing people together in a spirit of hope, optimism and inclusivity.”

Through the SIA partnership, Higgs & Sons’ clients with spinal cord injuries enjoy a number of benefits, including access to SIA’s support network which includes a team of spinal cord injury peers, specialist nurses, trained counsellors and an advocacy team.

People with the injuries are also signposted to access Higgs & Sons’ specialist legal support.

As well as providing advice if there is a legal claim as a result of injuries sustained or substandard medical intervention, the wider Higgs team is on hand to support holistically with other legal issues that arise, including supporting with the purchase of single level accommodation, dealing with matrimonial issues or employment concerns.

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