A DIABETIC youngster who raised more than £700 for charity with a sponsored cycle has had his bike stolen.
Brave Ethan Thompson, 7, of Honeysuckle Close, Alverthorpe, completed the hour-long cycle with mum Tracie on April 8, to raise money for Kirkhamgate Primary School and the paediatric diabetes unit at Pinderﬁelds Hospital.
But the celebration was short-lived when the family woke yesterday to find their bikes had been stolen.
Mrs Thompson said: “We’re absolutely gutted. Ethan tried to do something nice and then this happens.
“I couldn’t believe it when my husband Mark came into tell me the bikes had gone. We feel so angry and violated.”
The family had been looking forward to going on a bike ride this weekend, and were planning to take part in a charity bike ride for Diabetes UK later this year.
Mrs Thompson added: “Ethan absolutely loves riding his bike and often rides along side me when I go jogging. We can’t believe someone would do this.”
Ethan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was just three years old.
But with the help of the paediatric diabetes unit at Pinderﬁelds Hospital, the support of his school and family and his own determination, he has learned to lead a completely normal life.
The bikes were a black Trek 8500 adult bike, and a Carrera Detonate boys mountain bike.
Anyone with any information should contact police on 0845 6060 606.