A fund has been set up to help a Louth family replace three valuable road bikes after heartless thieves broke in and stole them.
Father, Steve Dawson, 51, and his son Charlie, 19, had three road bikes worth more than £3,000 stolen from their shed in Victoria Road, Louth, believed to have been taken on Saturday, February 7.
These bikes were intended for use on an upcoming coast to coast charity cycle ride, raising funds for CLIC Sargent.
This is a cause which has a very special place in the Dawson family’s hearts as well as many others in Louth as the family raise the money in memory of their son and popular local lad Matty Dawson, who died at the age of 20 in 2011 after losing his battle with Rhabdomyosarcoma, the most aggressive form of cancer.
Steve Dawson said; “This recent theft is really gutting for us and is a set back for our upcoming charity event.
“It has also hit Charlie really hard. He is devastated.
“It’s not just us they are stealing from, it is the charity as well.
“But we’re hopeful to get some replacement bikes in the next week or so and press on with our training.”
But a family friend of the Dawson family is hoping she can help provide them with a silver lining.
Amy Dawes has set up a fund to help raise some money for new road bikes, specifically for Charlie as Steve has another training bike at home he can make use of in the meantime.
Amy told the Leader: “I work with Charlie’s mum Dot at the hospital, so I know Steve and Charlie through her and by their fundraising events such as ‘The Hat Party.’
“The family have been through so much over the years and bounce back stronger every time there’s a low and always have the amazing strength to smile on.
"They have raised thousands of pounds over the years in memory of Matty.
“I’m trying to raise funds to help some amazing people replace their bikes that were stolen.
"These bikes were so important as they have been used to cycle in various charitable events.
“Without the bikes, these lovely, selfless people are not able to continue their amazing fundraising ventures.”
Amy added: “Steve and Charlie had planned to do the coast to coast, 176-mile ride in two days, in aid of CLIC Sargent in May this year.
“They truly deserve our support.
"So far we have raised nearly £200 in just a few days.
“If that’s all we raise for Charlie to get a new bike, at least we tried and showed this family a silver lining.”
If you would like to donate towards this worthy cause, then please visit the fundraising page online via: http://www.gofundme.com/lxdy58.
The charity cycle ride will start at Blackpool Pier and end at Cleethorpes Pier and is the first charity cycle that both Steve and Charlie will embark on as a team.
The father and son duo are very keen road cyclists, with Steve doing it for five years and Charlie for nearly three years.
Steve used to take part in running various marathons over the years, but changed pace to road biking and even took part in stage one of the Tour De France, which took place in the UK last year.
The bikes taken in the theft included a specialized road bike, valued at around £1,250, a Pinarello bike, which Charlie had wanted for many years, and so was of great personal value to him, worth £1,300.
A trek road bike was also taken, which was worth £675 and was a present for Charlie’s 18th birthday.
Charlie added: “This incident has been really upsetting for all of us.
“Even if they found our bikes, I’m not sure if I could face riding it again, given what has happened.”
“They broke into our shed and all three of the bikes were also locked together and they got through that as well, Steve added.
“There was another bike in the shed also, but that was not taken as it was missing a wheel.”
If you have any information as to the whereabouts of these bikes or saw anything suspicious in Victoria Road during the day in question, please contact Lincolnshire Police on their 101 number, quoting incident number 117 of February 7.