PROUDLY clutching his new bike, Jamie Fisher gives thanks for the kindness of strangers after a generous pensioner came forward to replace the cycle which was stolen.
Ronald Thompson, 78, of Violet Avenue,Hillingdon, gave £190 to 11-year-old Jamie,of Ruislip Manor,after reading about his plight in last week's Gazette.
Jamie's bike was taken when he left it locked to the railings outside Ruislip Baptist Church in Manor Way on July 30.
He had used all his birthday money to buy it and would not have been able to get another until December,because his mother is unable to afford it as a single parent.
The Gazette also received calls from five other people wanting to buy Jamie a new bike, but Mr Thompson had already made the first move.
He said: "When I read the story I just felt really sorry for Jamie. "When I told him I would buy him a bike he was over the moon. I said 'choose whichever bike you like, and I'll buy it for you'.
"I lost my parents during the Blitz when I was seven, and because I didn't have anything as a child I want other children to enjoy their childhood."
Jamie's mother,Emma Fisher, 35, was overjoyed at the response the story received. She said: "I was shocked that someone is so kind to do something like that for someone they don't know.
"I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer last year,so Jamie has already been through a lot, and this was the last thing he needed. I hope those who took his bike have a guilty conscience."
Jamie said: "I feel really happy and excited because I didn't think this was going to happen."
Jamie is due to start at Haydon School, in Wiltshire Lane, Eastcote,in September,and thanks to Mr Thompson he will no longer be arriving there by bus.