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Customers rally round to buy Wheatley paper boy a new bike

Paper boy Joe Maith, 14, of Wheatley Hills had his bike stolen and Steve Maxwell and Sue Shutt, of Smith's Newsagents, Beckett Road have had a collection to get Joe a new bike. Picture: Alex Roebuck

Paper boy Joe Maith, 14, of Wheatley Hills had his bike stolen and Steve Maxwell and Sue Shutt, of Smith's Newsagents, Beckett Road have had a collection to get Joe a new bike. Picture: Alex Roebuck

When bicycle thieves struck in Wheatley, a hardworking paperboy was left to continue his round on foot - until his generous customers came to the rescue.

Joe Maith, 14, who lives in Wheatley Hills has worked for Smith’s Newsagents on Becket Road for just over a year and regularly sets off delivering papers on his trusty bike.

However, one day, as he went to a customer’s door to make a delivery, his bike, which he had left propped up at the fence of the property was stolen from under his nose.

Newsagent, and Joe’s boss, Steve Maxwell said: “Joe came back and told us what had happened and soon enough all of his customers found out too.

“We all agreed to have a whip round for him to raise enough money to get him a new bike.”

Around 25 Wheatley residents digged deep and offered their support, raising well over £200 for Joe.

The cash was used to purchase a brand new set of wheels for Joe (pictured above) and he can now continue his round at a faster pace than he did on foot.

Steve added: “His customers have been very generous in making donations to Joe and he now has a new set of wheels.”

He was presented with the bike by Steve and partner Sue Shutt last week.

 

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