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THAME: Vicar’s back on two wheels after campaign hits target

Vicar of Cornerstone Church Paddy Harris with his wife Clare and their three children Zachary, Noah and Lily at their Thame home

Vicar of Cornerstone Church Paddy Harris with his wife Clare and their three children Zachary, Noah and Lily at their Thame home

A mystery campaign to buy a vicar a new bike after his was stolen managed to hit its £600 target.

The online fundraising page was created in July after Paddy Harris, pastor at The Cornerstone Church in Thame, had his red 2013 Specialised Allez bike stolen from outside his home while he was in hospital.

But even though the person behind the kind stunt has yet to be revealed, Paddy says he has a pretty good idea who it might be - and as a show of his gratitude, he has vowed to buy 12 bikes for underprivileged children in Africa.

The 33-year-old, who lives in Youens Drive with wife Clare and their three children, said: “I’m a bit embarrassed, as it could have been more secure, but I’ve been blown away, I’m so grateful.

“Thame is a beautiful place to live and I’m so touched that the people of the town would do this.

“I will get a new bike, but I will be donating to the World Bicycle Fund so they can give 12 children bikes.

“This means they will travel to school and get an education when they might not have been able to before.”

Paddy also wanted to thank the staff at bike shop 2 Wheels Cycles in Thame High Street who offered him a free bike lock to make sure his new mode of transport isn’t pinched again.

Visit the fundraising page at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/Get-the-vicars-bike-back.

 

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