LIttle Theo Perdios has had a smile put back on his face thanks to the kind-hearted efforts of staff at a local business who replaced his stolen bike.
The nine-year-old was left heartbroken after thieves swiped his pride and joy from the garden of his family’s home in Garforth. The youngster had only had the bike for two months - given to him as his main birthday present - before the cruel theft.
Fed-up mum Lucia took to social media site Facebook to post her frustrations and a business based in Colton - which has asked to remain anonymous - saw her status and stepped up to help.
Staff rallied to organise a dress-down day to raise enough money to buy a delighted Theo a brand new bike.
Mum Lucia said: “I’m just so pleased that there are decent people out there who want to help. It’s just unheard of really. I’m really touched by it - we all are.
“Theo was shocked and confused when he saw the new bike. But he’s just thrilled now and got straight on it as soon as he got it.
“His bike was taken from our garden. He was really upset. I think his actual words were ‘My heart is broken inside’. He had been so chuffed to get a bike - his first proper bike. He didn’t know how to ride it and we had taught him on that bike.
“I couldn’t afford to buy him a new one and was just really upset that someone had come into our garden to take it.
“I wrote on Facebook what had happened and said if anyone see it or knows the person who did it, can they bring it back because stealing from a child is wrong. It’s just amazing that he has a new bike now.”