Cycle helmet Plea: community unites for Ryan’s recovery

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A 16 year old cyclist is still in a coma fighting for his life after being involved in a crash with a van on July 22, whilst cycling to work in Chapel St Leonards.

As the family of Ryan Smith anxiously wait by his bedside, during the last five weeks, the local community has rallied to support the young man and join forces with his father, Mark Smith, a local paramedic who has urged all cyclists to wear a helmet.

Unfortunately sixteen year old Ryan, a keen sportsman and Skegness Grammar School pupil awaiting his GCSE results was not wearing a helmet that day and suffered severe head injuries.

A community page has been swiftly set-up on Facebook, entitled: ‘The Ryan Smith Foundation Page’ to raise money for Ryan and his rehabilitation and is being used as a focal point for activities in aid of Ryan with many events being planned including a fund-raising car wash at Walshes Caravan Park, Roman Bank, Winthorpe, on Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, between 10am-4pm.

Also on Sunday, September 8, from 6.30am cyclists will ride 52 miles (there and back) from Chapel Green to Boston Pilgrim Hospital for the cause where Ryan’s family and some friends will then go and see Ryan in hospital and bike back.

A charity football match is planned at Chapel playing fields from 1pm, incorporating face-painting, a BBQ and bouncy castles at Chapel Village Hall during the afternoon.

Anyone wanting to take part in the football for Ryan, text or message Paul Charles on 07809195439 or 01754 810380,

From 6pm at The Grange, Chapel St Leonards an auction and entertainment evening will be held with magicians, beer tent, children’s entertainers and live bands performing with two holidays and televisions amongst other top items up for grabs.

Once a registered charity, the foundation will then raise funds for awareness of bicycle safety.