When callous thieves stole a woman’s trike and left it wrecked, it started an amazing string of goodwill gestures from folk in Fleetwood.
Tracy Webb, who has the condition hydrocephalus which affects her balance, can’t ride a two-wheeled bike and can only manage on a trike, which are not cheap to replace.
Tracy, 38, of Hatfield Avenue, was devastated by the theft from a shed at the back of her house.
Her sad story prompted a complete stranger, Chris Olds, to buy her a new trike, and then a group of folk musicians at the Strawberry Gardens pub raised cash to buy a new steel shed to keep it in.
Now there has been even further generosity. The firm which is to make the shed, Fleetwood Sheet Metal Ltd, of Denham Way, has offered to do the job free of charge.
Fleetwood musician Joe Boe, who helped raise the cash and approached the sheet metal firm, said: “It’s an amazing gesture. I never expected them to do the job for nothing, but that’s the kind of thing we’ve been seeing here.
“It’s superb that everyone’s pulling together.”
At Fleetwood Sheet Metal, foreman Alan Deery explained: “Joe came in and told us what he wanted.
“When he explained why he wanted it, we just thought it was a big shame and we had a discussion here about it.
“Normally a shed like that would cost around three or four hundred pounds.
“Some of the lads offered to put in a couple of hours each for no pay, and it means these people won’t have to pay for the shed. It should take about 12 hours work and we’re happy to do it.”
Tracy, whose trike is still in the shop, awaiting the new shed, says she has been overwhelmed by the kindness.
She said: “I’m gobsmacked at how kind everyone has been.”
Joe says the money - £340 – which was raised for the shed will now be split between three other good causes – Fleetwood Foodbank, the Mustard Seed Group’s soup kitchen and a group which sends special needs children on trips to the Lake District.