A CLYDEBANK pensioner who was left heartbroken after his bike was stolen final yr is again on the highway – because of the kind-hearted proprietor of a cycle store.
Jim Gallacher, 73, from Drumry, had his electrical bicycle taken from a rack close to the previous Dunnes retailer contained in the Clyde Purchasing Centre in September final yr.
The pensioner’s household arrange a fund-raising web page to lift funds for a brand new e-bike, which quickly racked up greater than £2,000.
Now Jim’s sister-in-law has thanked retailer proprietor Alex McNee for offering Jim with a brand new bike for a reduced price.
She mentioned she was “blown away” by the present of help from Alex, who runs Helensburgh Cycles.
Lisa Gallacher mentioned: “It was a beautiful gesture. Helensburgh Cycles is a small enterprise so the actual fact Alex put apart a motorcycle for Jim at a reduced value at this tough time is superb.
“He was so satisfied to obtain it – he couldn’t consider it. It was the icing on the cake for us.
“Nevertheless, it’s vital to not lose sight of the individuals who donated too, even in small quantities.
“With out their help, we couldn’t have changed the bike.
“There was a £1,000 nameless donation on the GoFundMe web page which is superb.”
Jim nonetheless works part-time on the B&Q retailer in Drumchapel and makes use of the bike to get him to and from his work, in addition to to run errands and go to his spouse in a neighborhood care residence.
Lisa added: “Jim is a really proud man, and anybody who is aware of him is aware of that he wouldn’t take 5 pence from you.
“After I approached him about establishing a fundraising web page, he wasn’t very eager on it at first as a result of he didn’t need it to look as if he was asking individuals for cash.
“We had been blown away by the group spirit and the truth that individuals got here collectively to assist.
“It was a awful factor to occur to him however they managed to show it round.
“I’ve been in Clydebank all my life and I’m very proud to be a Bankie.”
Alex advised the Publish: “Jim purchased his first bike from us, which is how we knew of his story.
“We came upon it was stolen fairly quickly after he acquired it.
“He invested some huge cash in his first one, and we didn’t really feel proper charging him full value for the second bike, which is why we determined to supply him a reduction.”