WHEN local Lions club members heard about the callous theft of a bicycle used for charity fund raising they decided to step in.
Keen cyclist Rory Santon, 52, of Marshall Avenue, Bridlington, who has learning difficulties, has raised around £5,000 for the Riding for the Disabled Association at Priory View through sponsored bike rides over the past 11 years or so.
Sadly, his bike, worth around £600 was stolen during September and has not been found.
His plight led to Bridlington Lions Club and the North Wolds Lions Club getting together to see if they could help.
John Elsey, president of North Wolds Lions, said: “When we heard about what happened to someone who has learning difficulties and is doing his best to try and help others in the same situation it is terrible, so we got together with Bridlington Lions to see if we could replace his bike. We agreed it was a good cause and split the cost between us.”
The Lions clubs, who often work together on projects, are not saying how much the bike has cost, but were full of praise for Dave Kiddy of The Bike Shop in Hilderthorpe Road, who provided it.
“Dave gave us a very good price,” said Mr Elsey.
As for Rory himself he is over the moon at the surprise gift.
“I was absolutely overwhelmed when I received it, speechless. I had hoped to be able to get another bike because I want to carry on my fund raising. It is a brilliant bike, I am well pleased with it,” he said.
The Lions’ help has come in time for Rory to complete his next sponsored ride for the Riding for the Disabled Association which will be to cycle the 50 miles from Bridlington to Etton and back on October 29.
Joan Pierson, secretary of the RDA, said: “Rory is wonderful, we are so grateful for everything he does year in year out. He usually makes around £500 a year for us.”
If anybody would like to sponsor Rory before he sets off, they can contact Priory View on 602477.