‘Two lads pushed my bike over and attacked us’
Niall Miller is the youngest rider with the North West Blood Bikes charity, supporting the NHS
Last year I visited friends in Bolton, and as I was leaving their house, two lads made a grab for my bike keys. They pushed the bike over and tried to attack us. There was nothing we could do but call the police and watch as they jumped up and down on my bike like it was a trampoline and kick it to pieces – causing £2000 worth of damage. It was my only form of transport and the bike I used for the blood runs, as I’m not old enough to use the fleet bikes.
One of the Blood Bike members heard about it and put a call out on Facebook and set up a Gofundme page, asking if anyone had time to spare, or parts, because if I put it through my insurance I’d never be able to afford the premiums – being a 20-year-old university student.
And it just exploded, in 24 hours people had raised over £2000 for me. We repaired the bike and put the left-over money back into the charity. It was just utterly astonishing to see how everyone stepped in to help in such a short space of time. I wouldn’t have been able to do the blood bike runs or get to university if it wasn’t for the Blood Bikers, workshops, garages and all those who helped.
Not long after, the Bolton NeoNatal department called the Blood Bikers requesting someone to collect important equipment from Chesterfield and return it to Bolton urgently. There wasn’t much transport available as it was a weekend so I volunteered for the 170-mile round trip back to Bolton.
It was a weird one and a felt a bit of trepidation returning to the city where I was attacked, but one bad experience isn’t enough to scare me off, especially when I know what I’m doing is helping people. I received so much support from the Blood Bikers.
‘In just 24 hours people had raised over £2000 for me’
Miller back on the road after donations flooded in to repair his bike
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