A TEAM led by inspirational wheelchair user Dani Watts is set to climb Mount Snowdon on June 22.

Dani’s team, The Reading Rams, are taking on the challenging ascent, known as the Snowdon Push, to raise funds for Back Up, a national charity that supports people affected by spinal cord injury.

Dani, 30, sustained a spinal cord injury in 2017 when she broke her back during a rugby match.

She will use a specially adapted wheelchair to climb to Snowdon’s peak, with the support of teammates from Rams Rugby Football Club, including captain of the first team, Tom Vooght and the CEO, Gary Reynolds.

They’ll push together to reach the summit of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, which stands at 3,560 feet.

Speaking about the challenge, Dani said: ‘"Before my injury, my partner and I used to do lots of treks.

"When I was told that I could still climb Snowdon, my eyes lit up.

"I spoke to my partner about it and we decided we had to do it.

"All my rugby mates are really competitive, so they want to train really hard and be the fastest.

"A big inspiration for me is showing my kids what I can still do.

"I'll be face timing them from the top of Snowdon!"

Back Up is a leading national charity that inspires people affected by spinal cord injury to get the most out of life.

More than 400 highly skilled volunteers and staff make up the team – many of whom are affected by spinal cord injury.

The Snowdon Push involves teams of between 10 and 16 people aiming to conquer the highest point in England and Wales.

One member of each team must be a wheelchair user, which means pushing, pulling, and wheeling together to reach the summit and back down again.

Last year, 12 teams took on the challenge and collectively raised almost £70,000 to support Back Up’s vital services.

"I met Luke, one of Back Up’s outreach coordinators, when I was in hospital," Dani said.

"He was one of the first people I met who had a spinal cord injury but was working and living a normal life.

"I spoke to him about everything.

"You think the world is over at first, but he reassured me that there's a whole new world out there.

"I hope to raise enough money to help some other people use the Back Up services that I've benefitted from.

"It's nice to give back."

The charity offers wheelchair skills training, an accredited mentoring service, proactive telephone support, life skills and activity courses, as well as supporting returning to work or education.

Alexandra Provan, Back Up’s event and challenge fundraiser, said: "The Snowdon Push is such a fantastic experience that really brings people together as a team for a good cause.

"It's very important for Back Up to have the support of people like Dani.

"Their support really is helping us reach more people affected by spinal cord injury and we can't express how thankful we are for their efforts.

"Together we are changing people's lives."

To sponsor Dani’s team, visit her fundraising page here.