Eoin feels wheely fine after being given a new bike

BIKE GIFT: Eoin  Kelly with the bike given to him by Ellen Whenman, left, from Portland. Looking on are his mother Claire and brother Aidan, aged seven

BIKE GIFT: Eoin Kelly with the bike given to him by Ellen Whenman, left, from Portland. Looking on are his mother Claire and brother Aidan, aged seven

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A WEYMOUTH boy is over the moon after receiving a new bike from a kindly donor.

Eoin Kelly, aged nine, was distraught when thieves stole his new bike – only a week after he got it as a birthday present.

But he has a smile back on his face after Portland woman Ellen Whenman read about his plight in the Dorset Echo and gave him a new bicycle.

She said she was delighted the gift had made him so happy.

She said: “It was purely because I saw the story in the Echo and I felt so sorry for the lad, especially because he had saved up his birthday money for the bike and it was the second time he’d had a bike stolen.

“I’m just pleased I could help in any way that I could.”

Eoin and his mum Claire went to see Mrs Whenman to say thank you and pick up the bike.

Eoin was thrilled. He said: “I’d like to say thank you very much. I’m very happy.”

Mrs Kelly, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant. He is made up. Thank you so much – it was very kind.”

Police launched an investigation into the theft after Eoin rode his new Apollo bike from his home off Littlemoor Road in Weymouth to a friend’s house in Geelong Close.

He left the bike at the gate of the garden and went into the house, and when he came out a few minutes later the bike was gone.

It was the second time that Eoin had been the victim of crime, after thieves stole his other bike a couple of years ago.

Dorset Police confirmed that Eoin’s bike had not been recovered and no-one has been arrested.

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Dear Echo readers, Although you can not see me I am stood with my arms crossed, looking very angry as some one has stolen my new Ferrari. I had to save all my paper round money for this car. If any generous persons out there would like to help me get a new one I would happily be photographed in the Echo with you.
Dear Echo readers, Although you can not see me I am stood with my arms crossed, looking very angry as some one has stolen my new Ferrari. I had to save all my paper round money for this car. If any generous persons out there would like to help me get a new one I would happily be photographed in the Echo with you. every user name was taken
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