Thieves steal charity bike

Katy Knight and her brother-in-law David Callister, who are doing the Manchestet Blackpool Bike Ride for Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, and Katy's son Jake Moore, seven months, who had open heart surgery after he was born

Katy Knight and her brother-in-law David Callister, who are doing the Manchestet Blackpool Bike Ride for Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, and Katy's son Jake Moore, seven months, who had open heart surgery after he was born

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PLANS to cycle 60 miles for charity have been blighted after thieves stole one of the rider’s bikes.

Katy Knight and brother-in-law David Callister were gearing up for the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride on Sunday to raise vital funds for Ronald McDonald House in Liverpool

But yesterday, Katy noticed David’s bike had been taken from her garden shed.

Katy said: “I’m absolutely disgusted that somebody could do this. Here we are trying to do something for charity and somebody has upset us in this way and ruined everything.”

Katy and David are now appealing to anybody that could donate a bike for the ride on Sunday.

Their reason for pedalling 60 miles was Katy’s eight-month-old son, Jake.

The Kitt Green boy was born with three holes in his heart, and was diagnosed at around two weeks old with Complex Congentital Heart Disease.

He endured 12 hours of open heart surgery at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital while Katy and his dad Paul Moore lived at Ronald McDonald House for eight weeks so that they could be by his side everyday.

Katy said: “It was a horrific time when Jake went through all his surgery.

“When he was around 12 days old, we noticed that he was having feeding problems and his breathing was quite slow.

“We took him to A&E and they sent us to Alder Hey straight away, where they give him a diagnosis.

“He has been through so much but to look at him now, you wouldn’t think it.

“This is why, finding out that somebody has been on my property and stolen something which we need to help us do something that so many people have sponsored us for, is so heartbreaking and upsetting.

“David was very angry when I told him and we’re now just so concerned about getting another bike for the event,”

If you can help by donating a bike, email Katy on katy36@sky.com or call the Wigan Evening Post on 01942 506274.

To sponsor Katy and David, visit www.justgiving.com/katy-knight.