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Sheffield boy gets new bike with help from city centre coffee shop

Vincent Brooksbank got a new bike with the help of Couch coffee shop after his was stolen
Vincent Brooksbank got a new bike with the help of Couch coffee shop after his was stolen
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A boy from Sheffield has received a new bike after his was stolen, thanks to a donation from the owner of a city centre coffee shop.

Sally Brooksbank from Gisborne Road, near Banner Cross was enjoying a walk to Endcliffe Park last week with her five-year-old son Vincent.

Vincent is over the moon with his new bike

Vincent is over the moon with his new bike

Vincent was riding his beloved blue bike, when his tyre punctured leaving it unusable.

Sally could not carry the bike due to back pain, so the pair parked it up and headed off to enjoy the swings, and grab a drink at the cafe.

"We came back to it and it was gone," she said.

"It was a little bike and I didn't expect anyone to take it. We looked in the bushes and everywhere around but it wasn't anywhere. Vincent was crying his eyes out."

"Vincent's bike means the world to him. He was distraught when we found out that it had been taken. He plays on his bike everyday; he loves being outside in the park."

In despair, Sally turned to social media asking the S11 community for help in locating Vincent's bike.

"I asked for people to keep their eyes peeled for it, or to see if anyone was selling one that I could buy," she said.

Mikey Hulmes, owner of coffee shop Couch, came across the appeal, and in a bid to make the little boy happy again, offered a donation towards a brand new bike.

Having a three year old daughter himself, he says he felt like he had to do something.

"It's not a nice thing when something like that happens," he said.

"I couldn't help thinking about how upset that little boy would be, he has to have that memory of someone stealing his bike.

"I wanted to make him happier, and show him that there are nice people out there. I wanted him to grow up with a nice memory."

Mikey has a three year old daughter himself, and knows how upset should would have been if she'd experienced the same.

"I know she would upset if that happened and not quite understand why. It was only a small donation. I'm just happy that he's happy."

Since the donation, Vincent has been able to receive a brand new bike, and couldn't be happier.

Sally said: "He's really happy wants to be on it all the time, it's bright red and got a little bell and we've got a bike lock too."

"I've not been able to get him in the house since we picked it up."

Sally is planning to thank Mikey properly for his donation, by taking a trip to couch with Vincent to show off his brand new bike.