REGULARS and staff at a Solihull pub have put the smile back on young Charley Easthough’s face after thieves stole his precious Toy Story bike.
The Solihull News reported in September that the five-year-old from Shirley had his bicycle pinched when mum Alison forgot to load it into her car after collecting Charley from school.
But on hearing the sad youngster’s plight, generous regulars at the White Swan pub in Station Road donated their loose change at the bar raising enough money over two nights to buy Charley a replacement bicycle.
Mum Alison who lives in Featherstone Crescent was delighted. “Charley was a bit shell-shocked when he saw the bike but was really happy. We had told him we were going for tea at the pub, so when we got him to go outside to present him with the bike he was surprised.
“The first thing he said was ‘I don’t need stabilisers!’
“The next day he cycled to Solihull and back. I really want to express my thanks to the staff and customers.”
Pub manager Dawn Lingley-Webster added: “My team and I read the news story about Charley’s bike and he gots lots of “aah’s”. They just felt it was the right thing to do.”