A young boy with Spina Bifida is set to make his way to the top of Penyfan this weekend with a little help from his friends to raise money for a disabled sports club set up by his mum.

Refusing to let his disability get in his way seven-year-old Ioan Sutherland from Pantyffynnon Road, wanted to raise money for Actif Kidz, a club aimed at physically disabled and hearing-visually impaired children.

Ioan's mum Khadine, 31, said she was struggling to find a sports club in the area suitable for her son, so she took it upon herself to put together a group in Ammanford.

She said: "The group is run by volunteers and parents, with the initial help of Lisa Pudner, Carmarthenshire's Disability Sport Wales Development Officer - and the aim of the group is to give the children the opportunity to develop both physically and socially through the enjoyment of sports, as well as developing their self-esteem, social skills and friendship.

"Last year my son went to a sports event in Cardiff where coaches recognised his talent, they asked me if he could join and attend a group on a weekly basis but that was too far to go. That is what gave me the idea to just go for it and set up a group locally.

"We have been going for five weeks now and already we have 10 children coming to groups. It shows there is definitely a call for it in the area. We have children coming from Llanelli and Carmarthen."

However the mum-of-four said she the club was in need of financial help, which is the reason for the Penyfan climb.

"Ioan came up with the fundraising idea," said Khadine. "He has always been a determined child and he was not going to let anything stop him from getting to the top.

"As he is a wheelchair user he cannot walk so the plan is to get a group of volunteers together to help get Ioan up the mountain."

With the aid of a seat on the back of a mountain bike a team, including members of Pantyffynnon rugby club, will push Ioan to the top of Penyfan on Sunday, April 2.

"It won't be easy," added Khadine. "But I am hoping as many people as possible come along to help get Ioan to the top and achieve his goal."

The group will be raising money to purchase further sports equipment for Actif Kidz as well as, hall hire costs and a storage unit to store the equipment.

Khadine added: "We have been awarded a community chest grant of £1,500 but that hasn't stretched very far. It has paid for insurances, hall hire for six months and we have been able to purchase some sporting equipment but there is still a lot more we need.

"We are on the lookout for sponsorship to help make the group thrive. Seeing the children play together, some who are extremely shy, is a wonderful thing. They have all become best friends within a short space of time.

"That is why we are keen to keep this club running, but of course that means we need to raise as much money as possible."

Actif Kidz meet every Wednesday at the Footloose dance studio, near Corgi Factory, New Road, Ammanford from 5pm to 6pm.

An official launch event will take place on May 31 from 1pm to 4pm.

If you would like to sponsor Ioan's Penyfan efforts visit the just giving page - justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Ioan-sutherland

For further information you can contact Khadine on 07903875849.