‘Steep’ wheelchair challenge for Sam

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A Sleaford man is among a team of people set to help a teenager scale Mount Snowdon in his wheelchair for good causes.

Sam Elliff, 29, has signed himself up for the “Snowdon Shove” in September.

The endeavour will see a team of between 10 and 15 people – including one person in a wheelchair – attempting to trek up and down Wales’ highest mountain in a day.

Sam will be assisting Ryan Smith, 19, from Chapel St Leonards, in the epic round trip.

Ryan suffered brain injuries in a cycling accident when not wearing a helmet in 2013.

He and his family set up the Ryan Smith Foundation to raise money to assist those with brain injuries and their families and promote cycle helmet safety awareness.

One half of the proceeds from the day will go to the foundation, with the rest going to Support Dogs.

Sam works for Lincolnshire County Council’s Boston-based Early Help Team and was inspired, along with three colleagues, to take on the climb after Ryan gave a presentation to young people as part of a keep safe day.

Sam said Ryan’s presentation left the young people “in awe” and said taking part in the fundraiser was a chance to thank the foundation for its work.

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