Ryan Smith and team target Mount Snowdon

Ryan Smith and his dad Mark.
Ryan Smith and his dad Mark.

Chapel St Leonards teen Ryan Smith, who suffered severe brain injuries in a cycling accident three years ago, is set to take on Mount Snowdon.

The 19-year-old has signed up for the 1,085m-high charity challenge, dubbed the Snowdon Shove.

It involves a team of between 10 and 15 people – including one person in a wheelchair – attempting to trek up and down Wales’ highest mountain in a day.

Ryan is one of two people who use a wheelchair set to be assisted by their team mates in the epic round trip.

The ex-Skegness Grammar School pupil suffered severe brain injuries in a cycling accident in 2013. He was not wearing a helmet.

He and his family set up the Ryan Smith Foundation to raise money to assist those with brain injuries and their families and promote cycle helmet safety awareness.

The second person who uses a wheelchair and will be assisted in the climb on the day is Amanda Davidson, who works with Ryan’s dad, Mark, for the East Midlands Ambulance Service and approached Mark with the idea of taking on Mount Snowdon as a fundraiser.

Proceeds will be split between The Ryan Smith Foundation and the Support Dogs charity.

Mark, 46, said: “I was a tad apprehensive, but we are firm believers that anything is possible.”

Among those set to help Ryan are four members of Lincolnshire County Council’s Early Help Team, including Michaela Housley, 29, from Skegness, and Cheryl Pawson, 36, from Spilsby.

The team were inspired to sign up for the challenge after Ryan visited them during February for a keep safe day with young people in Boston.

Early Help worker Sam Elliff, 29, from Sleaford, who will also be taking on the climb said, the young people were left ‘in awe’ by Ryan.