Graduate to climb Kilimanjaro in memory of mentor

Graduate to climb Kilimanjaro in memory of mentor
Thursday, February 22, 2018

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 Kilimanjaro next week in memory of Dr Sime, who sadly died due to a stroke in 2016.

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

“I’m climbing Kilimanjaro in memory of Dr Garry Sime while fundraising for the Stroke Association, who provide crucial services for stroke survivors and their loved ones.

“Garry was a close friend and a kind soul. He was an incredible mentor and I hope by challenging myself and fundraising for Stroke, I can raise some awareness of this disease 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


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Graduate to climb Kilimanjaro in memory of mentor