Helmet plea dad on ITV This Morning after Echo exclusive
The Lincolnshire father behind a campaign to make cyclists wear helmets after his son has been left in a coma is appearing on ITV's This Morning, today.
Mark Smith bravely worked with the Lincolnshire Echo to reveal his family's heartache after their 16-year-old Ryan son was involved in a crash with a van whilst cycling to work.
Despite his dad asking him to wear a helmet he chose not to. Ryan has been left in a coma in Boston Hospital after suffering head injuries from the incident.
Now Mark Smith has launched a campaign through the Ryan Smith Foundation to make it a legal requirement for cyclists to wear a helmet.
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Mr Smith said: "The coverage has been immense, I'm just trying to explain as a family how awful it is, we're in for a long journey but this campaign has given us strength.
"I'm trying to draw any positives from what's happened and I'm going on This Morning to explain the pain we are going through and hopefully that will make others listen.
"There are arguments for and against compulsory helmets but I believe one would have helped Ryan, and I just don't want anyone else to got through what we are."