Grantham community and businesses mobilize to replace brothers’ stolen bikes


Two local businesses and community members have mobilized to replace the bikes of two teenage brothers after their theft last week.

Peter and James Merryweather, nineteen, of Barrowby Gate, Grantham, were devastated when their mountain bikes were stolen from Grantham bus station last Sunday (November 7).

Their mother Clare Sheppard called for information on social media, adding: “James has used his bike to go to work and to the local store mainly, but Peter goes everywhere with him, including college in the valley. , all around the villages and even to see his girlfriend in Sleaford. He was very upset. He had saved his last Christmas money to buy the bike and says he will never buy one again.

Peter and James Merryweather received new bikes this week. (53188242)

Local fundraiser Rob Dixon of Sunningdale saw Clare’s post and immediately took action by asking if anyone on his Facebook page would like to help him replace the boys’ bikes.

Within hours, Jason Price of Price and Son Funeral Directors in Castlegate had donated £ 50 and Simon Pell of Wardour Secure Networks reached out to Rob to donate £ 30.

Mr. Price was only too happy to help when he saw Rob’s message.

Peter and James Merryweather received new bikes this week.  (53188236)
Peter and James Merryweather received new bikes this week. (53188236)

He added: “I was so saddened to see that the boys’ bikes had been stolen and what they meant to them. As a local family business, we immediately mobilized to make them mobile again. We are always proud to help and support good local causes.

Sandra Mullin MBE of On Yer Bike, a community project that helps people buy affordable bikes, also agreed to refurbish two bikes.

But just days after the thefts, Peter, who has autism, was injured in a collision with a car as he cycled to college on his stepfather’s bike on Friday morning (November 12).

Mom Clare said, “He suffered two gashes on the side of his head that needed to be glued together and lots of bruising. I just hope that doesn’t take away the fun of riding a bike.

After a few days of rest at home, Peter and his brother James were presented with their new bikes on Monday (November 15) at Place2bee, a men’s mental health group based on Finkin Street, Grantham, by Jay Price, Simon Pell, Sandra Mullin and Rob Dixon

Rob said: “Once again it has been an incredible response from businesses in Grantham supporting local causes.

Clare is grateful to everyone who has helped bring her boys back to smiles.

She added: “A huge thank you goes to the local businesses who stepped in to help and to Rob Dixon, one of the best in Grantham.”


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