A CHILDRENS’ charity was robbed of a £1,000 donation after thieves stole a fundraiser’s bike.
Wyatt Wendels was on a train heading off to start a sponsored 200 mile cycle for the NSPCC when he realised his £3,000 specialist cycle had been taken.
He was travelling to Wakefield from Wiltshire when the train stopped at Cheltenham Spa.
Mr Wendels, 36 of St David Road, Robin Hood, said: “I had gone to check on the bike which was hanging up on a rack on the train.
“It wasn’t there so I asked someone if they had seen it and they said a man had picked it up and walked off the train with it.
“I had another four hours sitting on the train letting it sink in. I had all my cycle gear on ready to start the ride when I got to Wakefield. I couldn’t believe it had happened.”
The freelance radio presenter has been raising money for childrens’ charities since 2007 and has collected a total of more than £10,000.
The father-of-one said: “I’m trying to do some good in our community and I’m not asking for anything free, but I really could use some help. If a company could lend me a bike for the summer it will allow me to continue raising money.
“Giving money back to sponsors - who to be fair haven’t asked for it back - because you can’t fulfil a charity event through no fault of your own, is humbling and embarrassing and I’d really like to try and turn this now negative situation around.”
To contact Mr Wendels call 07956 334 096 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone with information about the theft should call British Transport Police on 0800 405040.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.