Anger after fundraiser’s bike is stolen

112901-2166  BIKE (EB) MRW 15/8/2011''Mike Prowting (18) had his nearly new bike stolen from the bicycle shed at Havant Railway Station ''Mike (18) from Denvilles together with his father Dave Galmoye (51) and his charity cycle companion Ben Whelan (18) from Emsworth still donated  �760.00 to The Rowans Hospice ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (112901-2166)

112901-2166 BIKE (EB) MRW 15/8/2011''Mike Prowting (18) had his nearly new bike stolen from the bicycle shed at Havant Railway Station ''Mike (18) from Denvilles together with his father Dave Galmoye (51) and his charity cycle companion Ben Whelan (18) from Emsworth still donated �760.00 to The Rowans Hospice ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (112901-2166)

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TEENAGER Michael Prowting cycled 100 miles to raise money for the hospice that cared for his grandfather.

But now he has been left devastated as thieves have stolen his bike.

picture of my �260 bike, which has been stolen. '''Thanks, '''Mike Prowting

picture of my �260 bike, which has been stolen. '''Thanks, '''Mike Prowting

The 18-year-old and his friend Ben Whelan, cycled from Bournemouth Football Club to Brighton Football Club, stopping at Southampton FC and Pompey in between, raising £760 for The Rowans Hospice.

Michael organised the fundraising ride following the care given to his grandfather Raymond Galmoye by staff at the hospice two years ago.

The boys paid for and organised the three-day trip themselves but Michael, a student chef, was left devastated when he left his Muddy Fox bike at Havant train station bike store for a few hours and it was stolen.

It took several months for him to save the £300 for the bike which he bought for the trip and had owned less than a month.

He said: ‘The ride was good but the last day was a bit tiring. We wanted to do it for The Rowans because of my grandad and Ben’s nan who both passed away there.

‘It felt good to be able to hand over the cheque but I was very angry when the bike was stolen.

‘There are two cameras in the bike shed but only one of them was working and it didn’t pick up my bike because there was a pole in the way.

‘I’m angry about it because I bought it for the ride.’

Michael’s father Dave Galmoye, of Rowan Road, Havant, said: ‘It brought a few tears to my eyes when Michael said he was doing the ride for The Rowans.

‘My father had motor neurone disease and The Rowans was amazing.

‘For someone to do this after Michael has done such a good thing is very sad.’

The red bike was stolen at 6.40pm on August 1.

Anyone with information should call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.

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