LOCAL cyclist and charity fund raiser Rory Santon has got his bike back.
In a million to one chance his bike, stolen after his last charity ride, has been recovered thanks to the staff at Bridlington’s Cyclelife store in St John Street.
Rory’s bike, provided by Cyclelife to his own specifications and costing more than £600 was stolen in September.
The Free Press reported the theft of the bike, vital for Rory’s regular fund raising sponsored rides for the Riding for the Disabled Association at Priory View, Bridlington.
Fortunately it was read by James Baker of Cyclelife and when a man came into the store wanting to part exchange a bike in against a new one he immediately recognised it as Rory’s,
“I knew it was Rory’s , he is a regular customer and we provided it for him.
“I told the man it was a stolen bike and he was staggered. He had bought it on Ebay for £100 and showed me all the paperwork for that, I am sure it was genuine. He left the bike with us so we could give it back to Rory,” said Mr Baker.
Rory, who has raised thousands of pounds over the years for the RDA charity and has learning difficulties, was overwhelmed at being reunited with the bike he thought had gone forever and was grateful to staff at Cyclelife for spotting it.
“It is really great I have got it back, it is the bike I have used on my rides,” he said.
Its recovery came in the same week Bridlington Lions and North Wolds Lions who heard of Rory’s plight decided to share the cost of buying him a new bike so he could continue his fund raising rides.
As featured in last week’s Free Press it was presented to him at The Bike Shop in Hilderthorpe Road, Bridlington, not as wrongly stated in the picture caption, at Hilderthorpe Cycles.
Both Lions clubs have said he can still keep their bike. “It is very generous of them and I will make use of it,” said Rory
Now, thanks to Cyclelife, Rory has his own favourite bike back.
Its return comes in time for him to complete his next charity bike ride for the RDA which is the 50 miles from Bridlington to Etton and back next Saturday, October 29.
If anyone wants to sponsor Rory they can contact Priory View on 602477.