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Teen cyclist left in coma determined to ride again

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The family of Ryan Smith, the teenager from Lincolnshire who was left in coma in 2013 after being knocked off his bike, have ordered a specialist bicycle so that he can fulfil his dream of riding again.

Ryan and dad Mark say it's been an emotional decision for the family but that the time is now right as Ryan continues to develop strength in his legs.

The bike which costs around £7,000 will enable them to ride together.

Ryan has also started doing strength exercises in a neighbour's gym inthe hope of eventually being able to walk without help.

Dad Mark has now done more than 100 school safety talks as part of the Ryan Smith Foundation encouraging youngsters to wear bike helmets.


Chesterfield marathon to raise money for Kids 'n' Cancer

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Runners will be pounding the streets of Chesterfield today as they take part in the Chesterfield and Derbyshire marathon. There will also be a half marathon, fun run and a relay race, where four competitors take a share of the course.

The event will once again be in support of children's charity Kids 'n' Cancer, along with other local charities and good causes.

University 'freshers' told no need to feel alone

Heading off to university

As first-time university students in our region gear up to the start of term, the charity Samaritans is reminding teenagers that its volunteers are available any time of day or night.

A recent survey revealed 40 per cent of teenagers have struggled to cope at some point. And the charity is reminding those who feel like a ‘Fresher out of water’ that its volunteers are available any time of day or night to listen if they are struggling to cope

University life is often portrayed as a wild, fun journey of self-discovery. Whilst that can be the case for some, the reality is that moving away from home, making new friends, managing a new workload and financial pressures can be a struggle for many young people. As Freshers’ Week begins, Samaritans are making an urgent plea to new students to remember that help is always at hand. Samaritans know that having a listening ear when times get tough helps people work through their problems. If you, or anybody you know, is struggling to cope, for whatever reason, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can tell us anything, it stays between us.”

– Samaritans CEO, Ruth Sutherland

Samaritans can be called on 08457 90 90 90 or visit their website

York company director fined over nitrogen drink

The Yorkshire director of a bar where a teenager was served a drink which left her fighting for her life has been fined £100,000.

The woman suffered severe internal injuries after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen at the bar in Lancaster - she had to have an operation to remove her stomach to save her life.

Company Director Andrew Dunn, from York, said his family had been "mortified" by the incident and apologised for the errors and misjudgements made. Ashley Derricott reports from Preston Crown Court.

Housing shortage for people with mobility issues

A woman living with a muscle-wasting condition has described how she was forced to live for months in a residential home for elderly people because no suitable accommodation could be found.

It comes as new figures reveal the gap between the number of houses available for people with mobility issues and the number of people needing somewhere to live. Dr Chetna Patel moved to Sheffield from Aberdeen, but was told by a social worker that she should move into the care home as no other options were available. Martin Fisher has been to meet her.


United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust appoints new chief executive

Jan Sobieraj has been appointed new chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

The appointment follows the retirement of Jane Lewington in August. Jan will take over from Kevin Turner who is acting chief executive.

Jan is currently managing director at NHS Leadership Academy, and has over 24 years’ experience in the NHS. He has previously worked as chief executive of NHS Sheffield, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and an NHS Trust in Lincolnshire, which provided community and mental health services.

Warning: benefits system can harm your health

People with Multiple Sclerosis say the benefits system is harming their health - because of the pressure of disability assessments.

The MS Society says some patients are even missing out on benefits they are entitled to - because the system is complex - and in some cases, unfair. One woman from Goole has even suffered a relapse of her condition - something she puts down to the stress of her assessment. Michael Billington has been to meet her.

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