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Mum appeals to thief to return the bicycle she uses for charity events
6:00am Monday 28th October 2013 in Echo News
A MUM of two sons with cystic fibrosis has called on a thief to return the bike she uses to raise money for good causes.
Karen Robertson, 45, left her Viking Tri-Race bike locked outside the Poundstretcher store, at the Greyhound retail park, in Southend, on Monday.
Karen bought the bike for £1,200 in July and uses it for charity bikeathons for which she has raised more than £2,000.
She was hoping it to use it for an event to raise money for the charity which has helped two of her children, Chantelle, 12, and Bradley, 11, who have cystic fibrosis.
Karen, a carer and parttime university student, gave chase, but the thief escaped.
Karen, of Elm Road, Shoebury, said: “I’m so frustrated.
I saved for ages to buy the bike.
“I was busy training for a 50 or 60-mile bikeathon to raise money for Southend Cystic Fibrosis Association, which has helped Bradley and Chantelle.
“The selfish person who has done this doesn’t realise the impact it is going to have. It’s not just about me.
“I feel I am letting down people I can help. I can’t do much out of my own pocket, but I can give back my time and effort to raise money and awareness about the charities and cystic fibrosis.
“Now I’m not sure I can do this ride.”
Karen has three other young children at home and five older children.
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