Thought­less thieves take fundrais­ing bike

‘One less per­son on the road for a good cause’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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