Kind-hearted Fleetwood folk have stepped in to help after cruel thieves stole and wrecked a woman’s trike.
Tracy Webb, of Hatfield Avenue, was left devastated after the machine was stolen from her shed and later found wrecked beyond repair.
Tracy, 38, has the condition hydrocephalus which affects her balance and means she struggles to ride a two-wheeled cycle.
However, fund-raisers have rallied around to fund not only a new trike for her, but a more secure shed as well, after reading of her plight in the Weekly News.
Folk musician Joe Boe – older brother of opera star Alfie – rustled up some musical pals for a special one-off event at the Strawberry Gardens pub on Poulton Road, Fleetwood.
This concert raised an impressive £340 on the night.
Joe, 58, of Darbishire Road, said: “I heard about this lady’s trike and I thought it was a real shame, and decided we could help.
“I’ve done several fund-raising nights at the Strawberry over the years and wanted this one to support current good causes in Fleetwood, and this seemed like a good one.
“I got together with some friends and the support we had from people was brilliant.
“One man who lives at a caravan park in Fleetwood handed over £100 just like that.
“Another lad offered us a tenner if he could get up and sing, and one of his pals offered us another tenner if she could choose his song.
“And a half-size bottle of Glenfiddich whisky was auction off and amazingly made £125!
“By the end of the night, we had £340.”
It turns out that another big-hearted resident from the town, Chris Olds, had since bought Tracy a new trike from Brooks Cycles on North Albert Street.
So Joe is using the money raised – plus some additional money raised by the Strawberry Gardens management team – to buy Tracy a more secure, steel shed for her new trike.
Joining Joe in the concert were: entertainer Syd Little who runs the popular restaurant at the Strawberry, Leoni Jane Kennedy, Tamsin Porter, Dylan Owen, Ian Branwood, Tony Winstanley and Pat Kearney with Paul Wrigley, Christine Allen and Carla Farrer.
Tracy, who grew up in Southport and whose parents live in Thornton, said: “I’m gobsmacked that everyone has been so kind, I’ve never known anything like this before in my life, I just want to thank everyone.”
Her dad, Joe Webb, 70, added: “The people of Fleetwood have excelled themselves.”
It is also planned that some of the cash raised will be presented to Fleetwood’s Willow Garden allotment project for people with learning difficulties, and a group trying to set up a new Guides troupe.