Cycle challenge for the Ryan Smith Foundation

Cycle Challenge:  D&T Riding for Ryan team members at the Duncan & Toplis  office in Skegness.
Cycle Challenge: D&T Riding for Ryan team members at the Duncan & Toplis office in Skegness.

A team of accountants added up the miles in a marathon cycling challenge for the Ryan Smith Foundation.

Duncan & Toplis staff took part in a grand tour of the company’s offices to raise cash for the foundation.

Oli Phillips and Sam Mosedale led the two-day, 201-mile D&T Riding for Ryan challenge last week.

They were joined on route by colleagues from all 10 Duncan & Toplis offices and Mark Smith, from Chapel St Leonards, whose son Ryan suffered a serious head injury in a cycling accident in July last year.

Oli and Sam set out from the Lincoln office on Thursday, cycling to offices in Louth, Skegness, Boston, Spalding and Stamford.

The following day they toured Stamford, Melton Mowbray, Grantham, Sleaford and Newark before returning to Lincoln.

Audit senior Sabrina Horton joined Oli and Sam on the leg from Skegness to Boston.

Sabrina said: “Myself and my husband Andrew are quite keen cyclists. He did the Coast to Coast challenge last year for Help for Heroes and we are hoping to complete it together next year. We rode the back roads through Croft and Butterwick to Boston. It was perfect cycling weather.”

Ryan, 17, has made good progress in his recovery, and is due to return home next month from the Children’s Trust Centre in Surrey where he is undergoing intensive rehabilitation.

Dad Mark, who cycled from Lincoln to Stamford, said: “It is obvious that Ryan will not be the same boy he used to be before his injury, but nevertheless he is making remarkable improvements and as he recovers we are seeing more of the old Ryan coming through.

“We are grateful and humbled by the support that Duncan & Toplis has offered me and the foundation. I am hopeful that we will continue to partner up to raise awareness of cycle safety.”

The challenge is aiming to raise £2,010 for the foundation, £10 for every mile ridden by Oli and Sam and promote safe cycling.

Trainee accountant Oli said: “We heard about Ryan so thought we could raise awareness of the need for cycle helmets during the ride.”

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