Fundraising match for cycle foundation

Gary Matthews of Lincolshire Police (blue) and Michael Bland of EMAS (red)  in acttion.
Gary Matthews of Lincolshire Police (blue) and Michael Bland of EMAS (red) in acttion.

Another festival of football fun and fundraising took place at Skegness Town’s Burgh Road ground.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) once again took on a Lincolnshire Police XI to raise funds and awareness for cycle safety with the Ryan Smith Foundation.

Ryan Smith with (L-R) Mother Julie Smith, Nickia Dixon, Donna Hinchcliffe and sister Rachael Smith..

Ryan Smith with (L-R) Mother Julie Smith, Nickia Dixon, Donna Hinchcliffe and sister Rachael Smith..

The foundation was set up when local teenager Ryan Smith was involved in a collision in 2013 while not wearing a helmet.

Ryan, who suffered severe brain injuries, could not attend last year’s match as he was receiving specialist treatment. However, this year, having come on leaps and bounds and responding well to treatment, he was able to cheer on the teams and personally present the trophy to the winners of the second annual match, EMAS.

Ryan’s father, Mark Smith, a local paramedic, who captained the EMAS side expressed his gratitude for all the support the foundation has received since Ryan’s injuries. He also thanked Geoff Harrison of Lincolnshire Police for pulling together another side for the match to go ahead, and all at Skegness Town FC for allowing them to use their facilities.

The football match was well-attended and funds raised on the day saw the foundation raise £250-300.

The East Midlands Abulance Service team representing 'Team Smith'

The East Midlands Abulance Service team representing 'Team Smith'

The Lincolnshire Police XI.

The Lincolnshire Police XI.