A TEENAGER who was donating blood for the UK’s transfusion service emerged from his good deed to find something else had been taken from him as well – a wheel off his cycle.
Frankie Shrieves, 19, had biked from his home in Cromwell Road, Hounslow to Feltham to give his blood on Tuesday, February 7.
He arrived at the Assembly Hall at about 5.30pm and locked up his two-wheeler in the car park.
Giving blood took about 30 minutes and when he returned to pick up his bike he found the rear wheel had been swiped.
He said: “I left the building ready for the ride home but the sight of a one-wheeled bike left me in disbelief. I was gobsmacked."
And adding insult to injury, the wheel that was taken was the one he had spent half an hour mending earlier in the day.
Mr Shrieves had faced a bill of £80 to replace the wheel, but this week the regional management of the National Blood Service said the organisation would reimburse him.
He said: “It was really nice to get the call and was a lovely gesture because it wasn’t their responsibility.”
And while Mr Shrieves will not let the incident deter him from donating his blood in the future, he will be steering clear of sessions in Feltham.
He said: “There was a minimal wait time and I was seen swiftly, with politeness and attention. The whole process of donation is efficient and friendly, no trouble. I can’t fault the NHS here. Its process is well organised and I encourage anybody and everybody to look into donating. I don’t usually visit Feltham to donate blood and I’m certain I won’t be doing it there again.”
He added that he hoped his donated blood goes to a worthy person, not a thief.