Conor, 37, able to ride again thanks to bike donation

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 August 2015

Sharon Carter presents her bike to Conor Lavery. Ref mhh 2186-33-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Sharon Carter presents her bike to Conor Lavery. Ref mhh 2186-33-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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The 37-year-old was left devastated after his black Carrera mountain bike was taken from a private courtyard.

A kind-hearted Herald reader has come to the aid of a disabled man whose bike was stolen - by gifting him hers.

Honiton resident Conor Lavery, 37, was left devastated after his black Carrera mountain bike was taken from a private courtyard last month.

But in a selfless gesture, Sharon Carter got in touch with Gill Day of the Devon Freewheelers charity, saying she would like to give her bike to Conor.

Sharon, who suffers from a bad back, said the Tourismo sports bike had been lying dormant in her garage for several years.

Once she read Conor’s story, she knew just what she wanted to do with it.

Speaking to the Herald, Sharon, who lives in Haydons Park, said: “When I read the story about Conor and his misery, I thought ‘bless, I just want to give him my bike’.

“I had a bike that is doing nothing and if that helps him, that is all I want.

“Conor is a lovely boy. He saw the bike and he was really happy with it. It was all really good.”

Conor collected his new bike from Sharon on Monday with his brother and founder of Devon Freewheelers, Dan Lavery.

Gill, who took the call from Sharon, said: “Isn’t it lovely that there are selfless people in the community wishing to help out in a situation outside of their control.

“We should be proud to say we have the likes of Sharon in our midst.

“Massive thanks should go to Sharon as I know she thinks her response to the plea is what anyone would do.

“But no, it isn’t in today’s world, and that is why I say she is a great individual.”

The Devon Freewheelers team is gearing up to support three local events at the end of the month - Honiton Hill Rally, a netball tournament at Honiton Leisure Centre and Ottery Carnival Fun Day - all taking place on Sunday, August 30.

For more information about what the charity does, visit www.bloodbikes.org or call Gill and the team on 0300 8000105.

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