Pharmacist's stolen bike replaced after outpouring of public support following theft

Sinead Redmond with her new bike from Chain Reaction Cycles in Belfast
Mairead Holland

A pharmacist at Belfast City Hospital who had her bike stolen is back in the saddle after being donated a new one by a local firm.

Sinead Redmond had taken to social media for help in tracing the bike when she discovered it missing after leaving work on Wednesday.

What she wasn't expecting was the outpouring of support and offers of help she received.

She said: "I found it overwhelming. There were people offering to buy me a new bike and others raising money.

"The club I play netball for, Kingsway in Lisburn, had started fundraising and the Covid-19 Community Response Belfast group had set up a GoFund Me Page.

"Knockbreda Football Club, who I don't even play for, also offered to buy me a bike."

In the end, Ms Redmond's new bike came courtesy of Chain Reaction Cycles in Belfast which contacted the 29-year-old and told her to expect a delivery.

"The bike arrived on Friday evening, with a helmet, lock and different accessories," she said.

"It's fantastic. I play a lot of sport and I like cycling to work at this time of year, especially now with the coronavirus and the restrictions on exercise.

"There have been a lot of changes in work because of the virus and exercise is really good from a mental health point of view. That's why I was so frustrated when I found the bike was gone."

As well as making sure to thank everyone who supported her, Ms Redmond, who is originally from Downpatrick and has been a pharmacist for six years, has asked that any money raised on her behalf be donated to food banks.

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