Motorcyclist wowed by gift

Colin Harvey, who made an appeal to businesses to donate motorcycle parts after his bike was stolen from his garage, was given a motorbike by 'a man' working at Mallinder's garage in Castleford
Colin Harvey, who made an appeal to businesses to donate motorcycle parts after his bike was stolen from his garage, was given a motorbike by 'a man' working at Mallinder's garage in Castleford

DELIGHTED biker Colin Harvey – who had three heart attacks in January – has been given a new set of wheels after the motorbike he had been working on to help his recovery was stolen earlier this month.

As reported in last week’s Express, Mr Harvey’s Honda XBR500 – which he had worked on to cheer himself up after the heart attacks – was stolen from his home in Beverley Garth, Ackworth.

Last Thursday morning, Mr Harvey received an anonymous call from a man who had read the story in the Express and wanted to offer him a bike.

Mr Harvey, 61, said: “I couldn’t believe when I got the call.

“He said he had a similar incident happen to him and he knew how upsetting it was to not be able to get out on the road.

“He turned up in a Mallinder’s Motorcycles van with a Yamaha 600.

“He didn’t want to leave his name or any details because he said he wasn’t doing it for the publicity, he just wanted to help me.

“Since the heart attacks, working on my old bike and dreaming about getting back on the road was the only thing that kept me going.”

The grandfather-of-ten bought the Honda bike five years ago and was in the final stages of preparing it for the road when it was stolen on May 13.

Police contacted him the following day to say the bike had been found, but had been set on fire and was beyond repair.

Mr Harvey added: “It is absolutely superb to receive this generous donation and I have installed extra security in the garage to make sure this one stays exactly where it is.

“It’s an oldish bike, but I am so grateful because I should be on the road by next week.”