JOSH Barry cannot even walk to the bathroom unaided due to his cerebral palsy — but that didn't stop him from climbing South Wales' biggest mountain.

The 30-year-old, from East Cowes, suffers from athetoid cerebral palsy, a rare condition that affects speech and movement, and he needs constant care at his home.

Despite this, with the support of his 23-strong team, he reached the summit of Pen-Y-Fan — 886 metres above sea-level — last weekend.

Josh is raising money for Brainwave, a national charity that helps children with disabilities and additional needs achieve greater independence.

He also walked in memory of Joel Ryan, the brother of one of the team supporting him during the walk, and Alice Turner, who worked with Josh and the families of other disabled children.

Josh said: "I just can’t believe I’ve done it. Even when we were approaching Pen-Y-Fan on Saturday morning, I just couldn’t believe I was going to climb a mountain.

"It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but the feeling I got when I reached the top was absolutely indescribable."

Ben Turner, Josh's carer, said they had prepared by walking over Tennyson and Culver Down and training at Medina Leisure Centre.

"It was very emotional at the top. I did the last 200 metres with Josh after jumping in and out throughout the walk. After we got to the top, the response from everyone was incredible."

The group received £300 in donations from other walkers on the day, which will be added to the £2,500 total already raised.

Although no more physical challenges are in the pipeline for Josh, he is releasing a book at the end of the year which he hopes will be a different kind of challenge.