Ryan’s story heard UK-wide

Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw and Fearn Cotton with Ryan Smith, along with friend Olivia Green and mum Julie at Children in Need.
Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw and Fearn Cotton with Ryan Smith, along with friend Olivia Green and mum Julie at Children in Need.
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The inspirational story of Ryan Smith’s recovery from a cycling accident last year was heard in homes across the country on Friday in support of Children in Need.

A five-minute film about the 17-year-old from Chapel of Leonards, who suffered brain injuries in the incident, formed part of BBC One’s appeal night.

It was introducted by Harry Styles and Liam Payne of One Direction and showed how The Children’s Trust has supported Ryan since the accident.

Ryan travelled to London for Friday’s programme and met with BBC Radio One presenters Nick Grimshaw and Fearne Cotton as well as Children in Need stalwart Terry Wogan during the course of the evening.

Sam Jessop, the partner of Ryan’s father Mark, who accompanied him to the event, said: “He absolutely loved it. He loved meeting the celebs.”

The family thanked the BBC for the film, with Ryan’s dad Mark describing their team as ‘very kind’ and ‘very compassionate’.