A family has been touched by the kindness of a Chorley pensioner who has forked out £400 for a boy’s stolen bicycle.
Paper lad Dominic South was devastated when the Christmas present from his mum and dad was taken from outside a newsagents in Coppull.
The mystery woman, who would only reveal that she is in her 70s, originates from Cheshire, now lives in Chorley, and lived in Adlington for 40 years, said she saw the story on the front page of last week’s Chorley Guardian.
“It touched me, it really touched me that a lovely young boy had had his bicycle stolen which he had only just got and I just wanted to help,” said the woman, who spoke to Dominic’s mum Fiona over the phone and posted a cheque to her so she could buy a replacement bike.
She added; “If they want to meet up I would be more than happy to do so, as long as I remain anonymous.
“What anybody thinks of me, that’s not what it’s all about.
“It’s all about a young boy who must have been devastated to have his bicycle stolen and to have to tell his parents it had been stolen when he had only had it a few days.
“I have a grandson who’s Dominic’s age and I would hate it to happen to him.
“Also, it’s nice to see he’s got a paper round and earning a little bit of pocket money. There are too many lazy children nowadays.”
It’s not the first time, though, the woman has carried out such an act of generosity.
She said: “Yes, I’ve done it before, just a few times, a similar thing.”
Fiona, 49, of The Brambles, Coppull, said: “She said to me she wanted to be anonymous and you’ve got to respect that.
“I think it’s unbelievable that someone is so generous to a complete stranger and instills people’s beliefs that good things can come out of it.”
She said a decision would now have to be made over what to do with money pledged on an online campaign organised by other parents to buy Dominic, a pupil of Southlands High School, a new bike.