A fundraising event has been organised to raise money for a Llandybie teacher who is facing her biggest challenge on behalf of a poorly pupil.

In May, the South Wales Guardian reported that Emma Wheeler, Autism Advisory teacher for Carmarthenshire, had agreed to take on the mammoth IronMan Challenge in Tenby this September for LATCH on behalf of Ysgol Bro Dinefwr pupil Ryan Skilton.

15-year-old Ryan was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive lymphoma and is the only child in Wales to ever have been placed on the SMILE chemotherapy protocol which has come over to the UK from Japan due to the rarity.

Emma, 49, said: “Over the years I have gotten to know Ryan and his family and they said that LATCH had helped them so much with his cancer diagnosis so I decided to raise money for that charity.

“I work with children with autism as part of my job and it is hard to get your head around when they are battling illnesses.

“Seeing Ryan fighting highlighted that money needs to be raised for the excellent charity.”

Emma, who turns 50 in August, will be swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles and running 26.3 miles in 17 hours.

An auction night and hog roast event is taking place on Saturday, August 19 at the Plough Inn, Rhosmaen to raise money.

Tickets are on sale at £25 each and as well as the auction, there will be a raffle and a sweepstake.

Ryan’s mum Sarah, from Capel Hendre, said: “Emma has supported Ryan educationally for many years and now she is supporting him on his cancer journey.

“It is going to be a great night. with all proceeds to LATCH Welsh Children's Cancer Charity as part of Emma's Ironman fundraising campaign.”

Sarah and Ryan have also blogged about his autism and cancer journey which you can visit at bellybuttonpanda.co.uk.

If you would like to support Emma visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Emma-Wheeler10.

Fundraising events are set to be arranged in due course or text LTCH70 and the amount to 70070.

If you would like tickets to the auction night you can call Sarah on 07976031131.