A frontline NHS worker from Arnold who had his bike stolen after completing a 12-hour shift has been inundated with offers to replace his two wheels.
Anthony Ndung’u, 30, had just finished a 12-hour shift not long after 7pm on Saturday, July 4 when he discovered an empty bike rack outside his home.
But since an appeal went out through Nottinghamshire Police, Mr Ndung’u has had numerous offers to replace it.
He said: “At the very least it was very disappointing but a level higher than that, it was gutting but I’m lucky to be getting another one, I’m being given another one for free. Not everyone is that lucky so thank you.”
Nottinghamshire Police has been working with a number of organisations where they’ve donated bikes to repair as part of local community projects.
One of these was The Pythian Club, a volunteer community group based in New Basford who provide a variety of programs, like football coaching, in a bid to contribute to youth development. They have also been providing support to people during the coronavirus outbreak and recently embarked on a project to donate bikes to those in need. They are among those who’ve offered to replace Mr Ndung’u’s stolen bike.
Ben Rosser, who runs the project, said: “During covid-19 we’ve been really responsive in helping our most vulnerable and most isolated, with great support from the police who’ve donated bikes to us. Obviously we heard about this gentleman who had this gutting situation with his bike stolen so we’re glad to help.”
Mr Ndung’u, who has worked on the frontline during the outbreak and thanks everyone who’s offered to help him, said: “I have been really overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity I’ve been shown. It has really helped me through the devastation of falling victim to this crime and enabled me to feel positive again.”
Community Cohesion Co-ordinator Gurmit Kaur, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We’re pleased that we’re able to offer bikes that have been donated to vulnerable people, and those like Anthony who’ve been working so hard for us on the frontline during the pandemic and unfairly found himself on the receiving end of a crime.
“We work with many not-for-profit projects and organisations with a view to building relationships and offering support to communities wherever we can.
“We are keen to widen this partnership working and reach out to groups in communities who we are not already linked in with.
“We ask anyone who is operating in a volunteer community organisation and who would like to build a connection with Nottinghamshire Police, to contact me through 101.”