RIDING HIGH: Seth Martland, delighted with his new bike, with mum Charlotte Batterham, Mayor Graeme Lehmann and Angie Harders.
RIDING HIGH: Seth Martland, delighted with his new bike, with mum Charlotte Batterham, Mayor Graeme Lehmann and Angie Harders. Derek Barry

Seth rides again due to Angie's generosity

AN INCIDENT in September when a young boy had his bike stolen had a happy ending in Fernvale on Monday.

On September 11, 11-year-old Seth Marland was cycling in Fernvale Skate Park, when his bike was stolen by a gang of teenagers who manhandled Seth.

Seth's mother Charlotte Batterham said she had only left her son alone for less than 15 minutes when the incident happened and she raised a call to arms to locals to band together in a Neighbourhood Watch campaign.

But when local shop owner Angie Harders heard about Seth's loss, she put the money together to buy a replacement bike.

"I felt for them because we've got kids of our own that age and it's nice to help each other out," Ms Harders said.

Charlotte said the theft had badly affected her son.

"He had only ridden the bike three times before it was stolen," she said.

"He's been seeing the school chaplain and gets anxious a lot so this gift will mean a lot to him."

Charlotte said Seth was excited all day on Monday as arrangements were made to hand over the new bike.

"He got himself ready for school - he doesn't normally do that," she said.


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