Ryan runs up the cash for tot Joe

Ryan Smith with Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice of the Little Hopefuls' Group, Thurnscoe.
Ryan Smith with Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice of the Little Hopefuls' Group, Thurnscoe.

AN AMAZING effort by a former Army man has topped up an appeal for a stricken tot.

Little Bolton tot Joe Pearson will soon have some brand new sensory equipment, thanks to Ryan Smith of Thurnscoe.

Ex-soldier turned tattooist Ryan, 21, is still recovering from a 15-mile sponsored run, that he achieved despite a broken toe and a three-stone weight on his back, last week.

He had tripped over a kerb before the run, when x-rays had revealed his broken toe and torn metatarsals.

Ryan ran from Thurnscoe to Doncaster after a visit to Mexborough Montagu Hospital, where he refused to have a pot on his foot because of his planned charity feat.

“I was advised I needed a pot but I declined, and didn’t tell them what I planned to do,” said Ryan. “It was painful but sheer willpower got me through in two hours 40 minutes.

“I ended up with quite a swollen foot and a bad back. After my run, I went back to hospital but because I’d refused treatment previously the pot was no longer an option.

“So I prescribed myself plenty of rest along with medication from my GP.”

The news that his funds would top the £2,500 appeal for little Joe, three, who has cerebral palsy and can not use mainstream toys, cheered Ryan up considerably!

Along with his sponsorship money, volunteers collected donations as he ran, in buckets.

The Little Hopefuls’ support group at Thurnscoe started the Appeal for Joe a few weeks ago.

Little Hopefuls’ is run by Michael and Paul Atwal-Brice and meets each Thursday morning at the Houghton Road Community Centre, with an additional fortnightly play group.

Michael said: “Ryan appeared to be in agony. He was cheered on from this end and then when he arrived home again.

“It was a great effort.”