This week we were delighted to receive a donation of 10 HardnutZ cycling helmets from The Ryan Smith Foundation.
The Ryan Smith Foundation promotes cycle helmet safety awareness and supports children and families of brain injuries. It was set up after 16 year old Ryan Smith suffered severe brain injuries when he and his bike were hit by a vehicle on a narrow road. The accident could not have been avoided, however Ryan’s brain injuries could have been lessened if he had been wearing a helmet.
As well as supporting Ryan’s rehabilitation, the foundation has an extensive education programme visiting schools across the country to raise awareness of the importance in wearing a cycle helmet, and it supplies helmets to as many people as possible.
The helmets were secured by Amber Spiers, our new Adult Skills Health and Well-being Instructor who, along with Adult Skills Co-ordinator Anthony Spiers, participated in the 100km Ride for Ryan last September.
Amber is working across our three sites, Toynton near Spilsby, Lincoln and Grimsby, to empower our clients to access a wide range of health and fitness opportunities. In the upcoming months clients will be encouraged to take part in a variety of have-a-go activities and sporting challenges. Amber and the Adult Skills team will be working to remove as many barriers to participation as possible: locating accessible facilities, addressing individual client’s attitudes towards sport including building confidence, finding opportunities for training and competition, and helping to acquire resources and equipment.
Cycling is going to be key part of the planned activities so the donated helmets are a useful, and important, addition to the Adult Skills “kitbag”. We’d like to say a BIG THANK YOU to the Ryan Smith Foundation for supporting us.
To keep up-to-date with all the sports and fitness activities going on visit the Linkage Adult Skills Facebook page.