A vicar who had his bike stolen from outside his home while he was in hospital has said he is ‘touched’ at an anonymous campaign to buy a new one.
Paddy Harris, the pastor at the Cornerstone Church, Thame, also said he had no idea as to the identity of the good Samaritans that launched the page which aims to raise £600 to replace his red racing bike.
The online campaign started by a group of mystery townsfolk, after our Thamensian columnist told how the 2013 Specialised Allez bike had been stolen from outside the pastor’s home in Youens Drive.
Paddy, 33, who lives with his wife Clare and their three children Zachary, 7, Noah, 4 and Lily, 2 admitted he was embarrassed by the attention.
He said: “I am slightly embarrassed and at the same time very touched that someone took it upon themselves to start this campaign to get me a replacement bike.
“The funny thing is I have no idea who it is, other than the fact they are not linked to my church!
“Personally, I don’t think we will reach the target but the fact that this has even been launched just shows to me what a wonderful place Thame is to live.”
Paddy added he had also been told off by his wife after the bike was taken from outside his home.
He said: “Clare always tells me off when I don’t put the bike away so she did say ‘well I told you so.’
“I have forgiven whoever did this and I would be happy to talk to them and help them make the right choices.”