Bicycle stolen which was used to raise money for hospice

Helen Butler's Wilier la Triestina bicycle which was stolen on Wednesday September 17.
Helen Butler's Wilier la Triestina bicycle which was stolen on Wednesday September 17.

A cyclist has been left heartbroken after her bike was stolen just weeks after it was used to raise money for St. John’s Hospice.

Helen Butler, 31, from Lancaster, discovered her Wilier la Triestina cycle was cut from its rack outside Lancaster Business Park, on Wednesday, September, 17.

Stewart Butler with daughter Helen

Stewart Butler with daughter Helen

She and her father, Stewart Butler, raised more than £500 for the hospice riding The Way of the Roses a couple of weeks ago.

But now Helen feels like her efforts have been thrown back in her face. She said: “I feel like I have done something good for the people in the area and then somebody goes and steals something that I used to do that with it.

“It has made me really aware that somebody can just steal a bike in the middle of the day.”

Helen was on her way to meet her father for a bike ride after finishing work when she realised her bike was missing.

She said: “I wanted to go on a bike ride after work and it wasn’t there. I asked myself did I even bring my bike to work today?

“It was a bit of a shock, it was my first road bike, it was a new thing that I was getting into.”

Helen, a development manager at Caton Road business park, can’t understand why nobody saw anything at the time.

Miss Butler said: “There was seven or eight bikes within the bike rack. People are always going outside so I am surprised nobody noticed.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward whilst they enquire about CCTV provided from one of the business units.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We are currently appealing for witnesses who may have seen any suspicious activity at the time to contact 101 quoting crime reference number BA1407139.”

Miss Butler said: “It has put me off buying a nice bike and riding it to work and leaving it somewhere.

“I’ve got a wreck of a bike but it is not the same.

“It is perfect for me, it’s not so much about the value more of the sentimental feelings. I hope it is returned.”