TV star joins fundraising climb

Kimberley Nixon Pen-y-Fan climb

Emily Groves, Penny Abberley, Kimberley Nixon and Hannah Richards.

TV star Kimberley Nixon has joined staff and students from the University of South Wales (USW) to raise money in memory of a student who died in a car crash.

The group from the University’s School of Psychology, Early Years and Therapeutic Studies scaled Pen-Y-Fan last Saturday to help raise funds for a scholarship set up in memory of Emma Abberley, a USW undergraduate from Libanus, near Brecon, who died in a crash near Crickhowell last October. She was just 29.

The walk was organised by USW postgraduate students Emily Groves, 24, from Pontygwaith, and Hannah Richards, 22, from Tonypandy, along with Psychology Principal Lecturer Dr Jennifer Austin.

The money collected from sponsors supporting the walk will go towards The Emma Abberley Scholarship – which will provide funding for applied behaviour analytic (ABA) services for children with autism at USW’s Behaviour Analysis Clinic.

Kimberley, from Pontypridd, who starred in Channel 4’s Fresh Meat and BBC2 comedy Hebburn, was asked to take part after becoming the first national ambassador for the National Autistic Society Cymru earlier this year.

“I have a niece with autism and she means the world to me. Because of her I understand a little better the challenges that people with autism face, the difficulties that parents encounter in getting the right support, and the lack of awareness of the condition among the general public. I am pleased to be supporting this effort by the USW team to help children with autism and their families,” said Kimberley.

“Families of children with autism, and other developmental delays, find it difficult and expensive to access treatment,” said Dr Austin.

“The Emma Abberley Scholarship is designed to help more families access effective, evidence-based services.

“Emma’s mum Penny will help us decide which families will receive scholarships.”

“We can’t thank Kimberley enough for her support.”

Anyone who wants to donate to the scholarship, should visit 

Information about applying for the scholarship will soon be available on the USW Behaviour Analysis Clinic website.