Early Christmas for theft victim

By Amie Hickland

A Masterton woman has had her prayers for a new bicycle answered after hers was stolen - taking away her only form of transport.

Beneficiary Jenni Fowler was at St Patrick's Church, near The Warehouse, earlier this month when her grey and black women's rally bike and matching helmet were stolen.

She said the bike had become her lifeline and allowed her to do things such as grocery shopping.

On Sunday she was given a new, and even better, bicycle by Masterton man Steve Smylie.

He had seen the article in the Times-Age and thought: "That's been sitting there for a while doing nothing, and I probably won't use it again".

Mr Smylie was happy to donate the bicycle to Ms Fowler, especially coming up to the holiday season.

"It just makes me angry - people doing that. It's just like they're watching and waiting for an opportunity."

Ms Fowler said she was struggling enough as it was coming up to Christmas.

She was grateful for the gift and had "prayed" for it.

"I can have my independence back which is what I lost which made me feel helpless."


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