Mark takes cycle safety campaign to Downing Street

National recognition: Mark Smith meets Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: Crown Copyright.

National recognition: Mark Smith meets Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: Crown Copyright.

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Award-winning fundraiser Mark Smith has taken his campaign for cycle safety to the top, meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mark visited Number 10 Downing Street last week as a winner in the 2014 Pride of Britain Awards.

The Chapel St Leonards man had been named Fundraiser of the Year for the South Yorkshire region in the annual Daily Mirror campaign and was one of 17 nominees for the national title to visit the world-famous address on Tuesday.

While Mark did not win the top prize of Fundraiser of the Year at last Monday’s awards ceremony, the visit to Number 10 - which he described as ‘astounding’ - was another chance for him to raise awareness of his work to improve cycle safety.

Mark is campaigning for a law to make helmets compulsory among cyclists after his teenage son, Ryan, suffered a serious brain injury when he was involved in a collision on his bike while not wearing one.

Of his meeting with Mr Cameron, he said: “We have touched base with people who matter.

“We need to get hold of these people and make them aware of what we are looking for.”

Mark said Mr Cameron told him that he heard of his campaign, something he said he found ‘extremely inspirational’.

In a statement, The Prime Minister said it was an ‘honour’ to meet the Fundraiser of the Year nominees.

“They make us proud to be British,” he added.

Mark is appealing for volunteers to support his work.

If you think you can help, contact him on 07771 556541 or on email via marksmith011@btinternet.com.