Fundraising dad’s Pride of Britain Award nomination

Ryan Smith and dad Mark in the hydrotherapy pool at the Children's Centre in Surrey
Ryan Smith and dad Mark in the hydrotherapy pool at the Children's Centre in Surrey
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Caring dad Mark Smith who has helped raise more than £50,000 to promote cycling safety has been nominated for a Pride of Britain Award.

Last week Mark bought teenage son Ryan back to Chapel St Leonards in an emotional homecoming.

Now Mark has learnt he has been nominated for a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Award for his fundraising work for the Ryan Smith Foundation.

The foundation was set up after Ryan was seriously injured in a collision with a van while on a cycle last July. Ryan was not wearing a cycling helmet at the time.

Since then more than £50,000 has been raised by the foundation which campaigns for cycle safety.

Mark has been nominated for a Pride of Britain Award in the Fundraiser of the Year category.

The awards, broadcast on ITV1, celebrate the achievements of remarkable people who make the world a better place.

Speaking on ITV1 regional news programme Calendar, Mark said: “We do not want any families to go through the hell we had to go through.

“We are under no illusions that Ryan would not have suffered a brain injury, however I am under the thoughts that it would not have been so severe had he worn some sort of head gear.

“My biggest reward is here, he is the boy. We are extremely honoured and would like to say thank you to everyone.”

Mark now plans to campaign for a local brain injury rehabilitation centre similar to the Children’s Trust facility where Ryan was treated.