Cycle ride raises double its target

D&T Ride for Ryan
D&T Ride for Ryan

Two number crunchers have totted up the takings from a marathon charity cycle ride and almost doubled their initial fundraising target.

Oli Phillips, 25, and Sam Mosedale, 26, cycled more than 200 miles in two days in the summer to raise cash for the Ryan Smith Foundation.

The pair who work for chartered accountants Duncan & Toplis presented £3,752 to the foundation, which aims to raise awareness of cycle safety. Ryan Smith, 17, from Chapel St Leonards, suffered a serious head injury in July last year when he was involved in a cycling accident while not wearing a helmet.

Oli and Sam, who work at Duncan & Toplis’ Lincoln office, had initially hoped to raise £2,010 – £10 for each mile of their journey. Thirteen colleagues from the company also cycled with them on the route visiting all 10 Duncan & Toplis offices.

Ryan’s father Mark joined them on day one of the ride and said: “The money Oli, Sam and their colleagues raised has helped us to support other families in a similar position and we’ve also begun an extensive education programme.

Oli added: “It’s been a great experience and very rewarding, and now it’s a pleasure to meet Ryan at last and see for ourselves the brilliant progress he’s made since his accident. The Riding for Ryan Challenge was hard work but well worth it and we’re already looking forward to the next one.”

In total Duncan & Toplis staff donated £5,252 for the Ryan Smith Foundation after a golf day raised £1,500.