Retail giant Argos has come to the rescue of a Kelso man after thieves stole his bike, leaving him unable to collect his vital daily medication.
Paul Cessford, 33, who lives in the town’s Queen’s Croft, left his Falcon Sentinel bike securely locked outside the Co-op store in Kelso’s High Croft on Friday.
But the bike, which he only bought from Argos in June, was gone when he left the shop.
“I suffer from Peripheral Neuropathy – severe nerve pain – and am struggling to get to Kelso Health Centre for essential appointments and to Boots for my daily collection of morphine and painkillers,” he told us earlier this week.
“I can’t walk without pain following several amputations at the Borders General Hospital. This bike was my lifeline and I am now almost completely cut off.”
Despite contacting police and making extensive enquires himself, there has been no trace of the distinctive bike. But after The Southern contacted Argos about the situation, the company immediately stepped in and offered Paul a new identical replacement free of charge.
“It is fantastic. I’m delighted and getting a bike again will certainly make a massive difference to me,” said Paul – who cannot work due to his incapacity – when he was informed of Argos’ generosity.
Galashiels Argos store manager Jamie Easton told us: “Our team were saddened to hear that Paul had been robbed of his main source of transport.
“We wanted to try and help, so offered him a replacement bike, which I’m delighted to say will be delivered to his home next week.
“We care about our local community and are always looking for ways we can make a difference to people and the local area.”