Community rallies to raise £1,200 to replace mountain bikes stolen from a Doncaster special school

Family and friends rallied round after heartless thieves stole nine mountain bikes from a Doncaster special school

By Stephanie Bateman
Monday, 29th March 2021, 4:00 pm

Thieves broke into a garage at Stone Hill School in Scawsby on Sunday, February 28, and took the bikes, and a fundraising drive was launched via the website Go Fund Me in an attempt to replace them for the pupils.

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The original target was £500 but that was raised to £1,000 after support poured in. And now the total stands at £1,200.

Callum-Lea Willott, 15 and Taylor Coleman, 15, pictured outside Stone Hill School. Picture: NDFP-09-03-21-StolenBikes 2-NMSY

Sam Ludlam, Upper School Lead, said: “We got the bikes two years ago and they cost £400 each, they are used for residential trips and PE.

"It’s not going to be an easy fix.”

He explained the school has currently got 123 pupils, aged between five and 16, who have moderate learning, such as autism and ADHD.

"Bikes in Covid have been a godsend.”

Hailing it a “fantastic achievement", headteacher Paul Scotting said in a letter to parents: “In these troubling times, it is wonderful to know that there are so many kind, caring and considerate people around.

"Following our bike theft, family members, friends and members of our local community have donated over £1.200 to help us to replace the much-valued bikes.

"We will replace the bikes and use some money for added security, storage and safety measures.

“On behalf of the pupils, staff and governors, I would like to say the warmest and most heartfelt thank you I can. Your support and thoughtfulness will always be greatly appreciated.

"Thank you from the whole of Stone Hill School.”

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