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WHY I'M PUSHING MY DISABLED SON TO THE TOP OF SNOWDON.

A MOUNTAIN guide and SAS trainer will lean on all his experience when he pushes and pulls his son by wheelchair up Snowdon.

Ex soldier Philip Maddox from Llanfairfechan is taking on the back-breaking, lungbusting challenge with two other friends to raise money for a specialist chair for his boy Zack Maddox, 11, who has cerebral palsy.

Zack Maddox was born with the disorder, and over the years he has grown to live with his disability and uses a walking frame for getting about with the aid of his family and friends.

The former Ysgol y Valley, Anglesey pupil, who now lives in Shrewsbury with his mum, needs a new chair as he starts secondary school in September and will need to move from classroom to classroom.

Mr Maddox, who is a personal fitness trainer, said: "I've chosen to do this as I'm passionate about the outdoors and have been a practising mountaineer, climber, mountain biker, skier and paddler for decades and really want my son to experience what I have and still do.

"If that means I shall carry my son up a mountain or on the back of a bike or in the sea kayak with me to help him enjoy the great British outdoors then so be it."

"My son has the same rights as I do to have these experiences."

Get the latest North Wales news at www.dailypost.wales " The aim on Thursday is to push and pull Zack in a bespoke "off road" wheelchair from sea level to the summit of Mount Snowdon (1085m) and back down again via the Llanberis Path in the same day with only three men in the team who will be rotating about either pushing or pulling on the wheelchair.Mr Maddox added: "Zack's left arm and hand has almost zero grip strength to fully control the walker, add into this having to move from classroom to classroom it is going to be particularly difficult and tiring moving about a big new school.

"I'd like to buy a "Sit2Stand" wheelchair for use in the school whereby working in conjunction with the adjustable work station school desk, Zack can either be seated or standing without having to be man handled by his one to one school support staff from chair to a stand alone standing frame."

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Date:Aug 7, 2018
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