Thoughtless thieves take fundraising bike
‘One less person on the road for a good cause’
A HAYES fundraiser was left furious after discovering the bike he planned to ride in charity event had been stolen from his shed.
Steve Beasant bought the £850 bike in order to train and complete the London to Brighton British Heart Foundation cyclathon in June.
After that event he hoped to continue raising money with his friends and was deciding which ride to take part in next when the bike was stolen from outside his property in Tudor Road on July 24.
Mr Beasant, an operations manager, wonders “what possessed” the thief to break all the locks and spend time undoing the turbo trainer the bike was secured to.
He said: “This person hasn’t just stolen from someone who’s working hard for a living. They’ve clearly not given any thought to what they’re doing and the impact of it.
“The impact isn’t just for myself because obviously I’ll find another bike. But they’ve potentially taken additional money from good causes as it’s one less person out on the road for a good cause. I’d like to ask them: why?!”
He said his “driving force” for fundraising money came after losing a close friend, Mike Holt, who died aged 46.
“He was initially a work colleague of mine, who I worked with for many years, until he left the business and went to work on other things,” said Mr Beasant.
“We stayed in contact and regularly played golf together and had nights out and weekends away. Sadly, three years ago he suddenly dropped dead with heart failure.”
Mr Beasant hoped to continue his fundraising with three of his friends, next time for a cancer charity.
He added: “I’m looking on various auction sites to purchase another bike on a second hand basis. Unfortunately, we lost another friend in January to cancer, so we may well be looking to do something for cancer with the next bike ride.”
His British Heart Foundation fundraising page can be found at: w w w. j u s t g i v i n g . c o m / sgwaa
Mr Beasant reported the theft to Hillingdon Police who are looking at CCTV from a neighbour’s camera.
n MISSING: Steve Beasant Beasant, right,right and above,above a bike identical to the one stolen. Below, Mr Beasant finishing the London to Brighton ride