A day that should have ended on a high ended in disaster after friends who had spent the afternoon supporting a cancer charity, were faced with the burnt out frames of their bikes and severe damage to the vehicle they were attached to.
Paul Hughes — Head Chef to Kings Café 25, completed an eight hour bike ride with his friend Liam Gill and raised more than £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
At the end of the ride, the bikes were secured to Paul’s car whilst the friends went onto Blackpool front. When they returned they found that thieves had set fire to the locks, almost destroying the bikes and causing severe damage to the vehicle amounting to a personal loss of up to £2,500
Paul Hughes commented ‘this was a huge blow to us as we had a number of other rides planned. I am also getting married this year so this couldn’t have come at a worse time, but the support we have received since the attack has been overwhelming’
Paul’s colleagues from Kings gave a show of support donating money towards the repair of his car. This has enabled him to put the money spent on repairs back into a very empty wedding pot of savings much to the relief of his fiancé Sophie.
Scott Sports, a leading high end bike and winter sports manufacturer offered to loan them 2 brand new fully specified bikes for 12 months worth £1,000 a piece. When they went to collect the bikes they were told they could keep them.
Garage Bikes, an independent bike repair and accessories specialist in Morley, have offered to restore the damaged bikes free of charge, once restored they will go into a charity auction for Macmillan.
Paul had managed to replace parts to his car from local scrap yards when he received a call from McGregor Autosalvage with a bumper donation again this will go into a charity auction. He was also offered professional re spray from Archbold Carshop.
Since losing his brother Kevin in 2007 who was only 25 years of age, Paul has taken part in numerous events with Liam who has also lost two family members to cancer. Together they have raised thousands of pounds for charity. Thanks to the support the friends can keep in training.
Their next event is for Marie Curie and will take place in September on the date Paul’s brother passed away. It will involve cycling a 100 mile route from Leeds to Lake Windermere. 2013 will see them complete their first coast to coast bike ride which at 200 miles will definitely be their biggest yet, again raising money for charity.