An Ammanford schoolboy with Spina Bifida has celebrated reaching the top of Pen y Fan with help from a team of rugby players and supporters.
Ioan Sutherland, aged seven, from Pantyffynnon Road wanted to climb South Wales’ highest peak to raise money for Actif Kidz, a club aimed at physically disabled and hearing-visually impaired children.
On Sunday, April 2, Ioan was pushed to the top of the mountain on the back of a bike by members of Pantyffynnon rugby club.
The climb has raised £1,327 for sports club Actif Kidz which was created by Ioan’s mother Khadine after realising there was a need for one locally.
The 31-year-old mum said the club has gained huge interest, however there was limited funds so a fundraiser was organised.
“It was all Ioan’s 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 of Pen y Fan and raising money.
“It was an amazing day, the weather was great and we had fantastic support.
“Ioan was chuffed to bits to get to the top and he took pictures into school to show his friends and teachers. He can now say he’s been to the top of Pen y Fan. He is very proud.”
Around 40 people turned out to support Ioan and together they ensured his Pen y Fan wish came true.
Following the event, a further £500 was donated to the club, on top of the fundraising total, from the organisers of Amman Valley Triathlon.
Khadine added: “I would like to say a massive thank you to the people who have donated and those who turned out in support on the day.”
The money raised will now ensure the club can purchase essential equipment.
“The huge amount of money raised means we can now buy more sports equipment and we are also on the look-out for a container to store everything,” said Khadine.
“My house can only hold so much, so it would be great if anyone can help me in my search. It is an essential purchase, but I wouldn’t want to have to use most of the money raised on the container, which Corgi have gratefully allowed us to keep on their land.
“We will keep fundraising and are thankful for all the support.”
The club, which is aimed at children aged five to 11 years, meets 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.
For further information you can contact Khadine on 07903875849. You can also find them on Facebook - facebook.com/actifkidz