A TEENAGER who suffers from a rare genetic condition, is gearing up to conquer Wales’ highest mountain – and she needs your help.

Seventeen-year-old Melissa Grace was born with Angelman Syndrome, which is a condition that affects the nervous system, causing severe physical and learning difficulties for one in every 12,000-20,000 babies born each year.

The youngster struggles with her balance and movement and has leg splints helping to align her limbs and prevent any joint and knee pain as well as degeneration.

On Sunday, July 25, Melissa will celebrate her 18th birthday by climbing Mount Snowdon thanks to the help of the Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) and Conquer Hiking and Trekking.

The youngster will be in her wheelchair for most of the route up the mountain and will be carried by an eight-man team, while walking as many steps as possible.

The Star has followed Melissas story since she was a schoolgirl

The Star has followed Melissa's story since she was a schoolgirl

Martin Blondel from the SPF said: “Melissa is a St Helens treasure.

“Her infectious smile and attitude inspire everyone she meets.

“Like the great man Steve Prescott, Melissa and her mum Kathryn tackle adversity head on and are so positive.

“It’s going to be extremely tough on Melissa and the volunteers who are taking part but thankfully we have our friends from Conquer Hiking and Trekking assisting us on the challenge.

“We could really do with a few more helpers who would like to join the trek.”

Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales with an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands.

The teenager has a rare genetic condition

The teenager has a rare genetic condition

All money raised by the challenge will be divided between Melissa’s Smile Fund and the Steve Prescott Foundation.

To make a donation to Melissa’s fundraising campaign visit https://justgiving.com/fundraising/melissa-grace

To join the challenge team visit here