A FAMILY planning a charity bike ride for cancer charities after their brave son battled a rare form of the disease have had two cycles stolen.
Little Samuel Vernon, aged five, was given the all clear in March after a two-year fight with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
His parents Richard and Jenny Vernon have raised cash for cancer charities since his diagnosis.
Richard was preparing for a coast-to-coast trip before their specialist bikes - worth £600 each - were taken.
Jenny, aged 35, said: “It’s really upsetting for all of us.
“Sam, bless him, thinks they are going to come back and take his little bike too.
“The people who have done this have no idea, it’s just two bikes to them, a bit of cash, but to us it means a lot more.
“Some thoughtless person stole these bikes and has no idea what impact and sadness this has caused.”
The bikes were taken from the garage at the family’s Wadsley home overnight last Thursday, May 17.
Both were distinctive Boardman hybrid mountain bikes, one grey and one white.
Housing project officer Richard, 36, was in training to ride one of them from Morecambe to Bridlington in August with friends to boost cancer charity Clic Sargeant.
Last year a similar trek collected £1,300 for St Luke’s Hospice and Amy’s Retreat, which gives holidays to sick children.
The family have vowed to complete the trip, even if it means Richard using an old bike, and made a plea for information.
Jenny added: “It’s really sad that this is been done for a good cause when the bikes have been stolen.
“If anybody knows anything about it that would be a great help.”
Sam was nominated for The Star’s Superkids awards for his bravery.
n Police are investigating the theft. Anyone with information should ring 101 quoting reference K/46071/2012.