Young man with brain injury completes triathlon in aid of The Children’s Trust

Ryan Smith, 20, aka the blonde warrior, completed a 20km bike ride as part of the Superhero Series on Saturday 9 August, to help raise money for the charity that supported him following a brain injury. Organised by former Paralympian and ambassador of The Children’s Trust Sophia Warner, the Superhero Series took place at Dorney Lake in Windsor. Ryan’s team included father Mark who swam 750m and Chief Executive of The Children’s Trust, Dalton Leong, who took on a 5km run. The challenge was no mean feat for Ryan, from Skegness, who was involved in a road accident whilst cycling to work four years ago. Ryan was lucky to survive the accident, but a life changing brain injury has left him severely disabled. Ryan received nine months of intensive rehabilitation at The Children’s Trust, the UK's leading charity for children with brain injury, where he relearned key skills such as sitting up, eating and talking. Ryan and his family have been closely involved with the charity ever since. Mark explains: "Brain injury is life-long. Ryan's doing really well but he's got a long way to go. The Superhero Series was a great opportunity to show his progress and take part in a challenge with other people, disabled and non-disabled alike. It was fantastic for us both to be able to do this in honour of The Children's Trust too. And we did it! I’m just so proud of him. It was such a heart-warming event.” Dalton Leong, Chief Executive of The Children’s Trust, said: “Ryan is a very brave and optimistic young man. He has worked very hard at his rehabilitation, never giving up and overcoming huge challenges. It was a truly inspiring event, where people of all ages and abilities can take part. The Children’s Trust is incredibly grateful to Mark and Ryan for the contribution they make in helping us to raise money for the charity and for inspiring other young people with brain injury. I was honoured to be part of Team Smith.”   Ryan, Mark and Dalton took part in the Superhero Series as part of #MyBrave, The Children’s Trust campaign which encourages everyone to go outside of their comfort zone, take on a challenge and do something brave to help raise money for children with brain injury. If you would like to take part in a #MyBrave challenge visit www.mybrave.co.uk

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