Lincolnshire accountant employees riding for the Ryan Smith Foundation

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A group of employees from chartered accountants Duncan & Toplis will cycle around Lincolnshire and beyond promoting cycle helmet safety and raising funds for the Ryan Smith Foundation.

Oli Phillips, 25, and Sam Mosedale, 26, will lead the challenge, ‘D&T Riding for Ryan’. The 201-mile route will take them to all 10 Duncan & Toplis offices on July 31 and August 1.

They will be joined by colleagues and Mark Smith, from Chapel St Leonards, whose son Ryan suffered a serious head injury while cycling without a helmet in July last year.

Ryan, 17, is making good progress following the accident and his family set up the Ryan Smith Foundation to promote cycle safety and raise money to help people affected by brain injuries.

Trainee accountant Oli said: “I’m a keen cyclist and fancied setting myself a challenge after I finish my accounting exams in July.

“I’m hoping we get a lot of support at each office we stop at and with luck the weather will be kind to us as I don’t fancy cycling in a thunderstorm.”

Oli and Sam set out from Lincoln cycling to Louth, Skegness, Boston, Spalding and Stamford.

The next day they tour Melton Mowbray, Grantham, Sleaford and Newark before returning to Lincoln. They hope to raise £2,010.

Colleagues including Sabrina Horton, from the Skegness office, will take part.

Ryan’s dad Mark will join the first day’s ride .

He said: “Ryan will not be the same boy he used to be, but he is making remarkable improvements.

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

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