‘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

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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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Biker Niall Miller thought his Blood days were over af­ter an at­tack

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