Head injury cash raised in 170-mile ride

The group arrive in Bridlington. EMN-140523-190202001

The group arrive in Bridlington. EMN-140523-190202001

A group of 14 East Midlands Ambulance Staff took to Morecambe last week to cycle the Way of the Roses cycle route for charity.

Paramedic, Mark Smith, of Chapel St Leonards was one of their number and joined ‘The Racing Pulses’; from Scunthorpe, Brigg and Barton, who were raising funds for head injury charity, Headway.

Mark Smith, representing and raising funds for the Ryan Smith foundation, dedicated to son Ryan, promotes cycle safety following the teen’s injuries in a road collision while not wearing a cycle helmet.

He and the group of 13 set off from Morecambe on Tuesday, May 20, to cycle the 170 mile route.

Over three days the group made it to Bridlington on Thursday, May, 22, where their 173.7 mile journey was complete, raising £1,700 for Headway along the way.

“The first day was murder, with so many hills” said Mark. “The second day, we had bright sunshine and flatter roads, but the third and final day was absolutely horrendous, with awful weather, but we made it.”

“It was great to be part of it and the only thing that got me through it was thinking about Ryan,” added Mark.

Ryan, continuing his rehabilitation at a specialist hospital in Tadworth, Surrey, congratulated the group on their achievement via video link-up.




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