Gallery: Pride of Britain honour for Ryan Smith Foundation

The father of Ryan Smith a local teenage road crash victim was honoured yesterday night (Monday, October, 6) in a glittering awards ceremony at the Pride of Britain awards.

Local paramedic mark Smith has campaigned tirelessly for the compulsory wearing of cycle helmets since Ryan suffered brain injuries in a road accident on his bicycle in Chapel St Leonards last year, while not wearing a helmet; setting up the Ryan Smith Foundation.

Mark Smith at Number 10 Downing Street.

Mark Smith at Number 10 Downing Street.

Last night Britain honoured its unsung heroes in a star-studded ceremony in London where Ryan’s story of recovery and his father’s campaign for cycle safety were told in an inspirational evening.

Mark did not win the overall 17-strong category of Fundraiser of the Year, but said: “I’ve always said we have our award at home, as after the long road to recovery our boy Ryan is back.”

Although Ryan could not attend the awards, celebrity stars Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (formerly Cole) and Simon Cowell made time to Face Time Ryan Smith and sister Rachael back at home, wishing him well

Mark today visits number 10 Downing Street with the other nominees and award winners to speak with Prime Minister David Cameron about introducing compulsory wearing of helmets in the British Isles.