Local plasterer creates GoFundMe page following theft of doctor’s bike

13 January 2021

Dr Josh Wilcox, a doctor at Kingston Hospital, recently had his bike stolen after working a 13-hour shift. To help find his bike, Josh’s wife, Kelly-Ann posted on Facebook:

“My husband who is a doctor at Kingston Hospital finished his 13 hour shift this evening only to find his locked up bike had been stolen from outside the hospital…”

After seeing the Facebook post, local resident and plasterer, Ben Mclean, decided to create a GoFundMe page to raise money to buy Dr Wilcox a new bike.

Ben, who lives in Surbiton, said: “People started commenting on the post and wanted to donate money, so that’s when I thought I would set up a GoFundMe page. I posted it on my company’s Facebook page ‘Platinum Plastering’, and it gathered momentum and more people started donating. I’m always up for doing something positive as I enjoy helping people. Life is too short.”

“I have to say, it wasn’t all down to me – it was only made possible thanks to the amazing generosity of the local community!”

Dr Josh Wilcox, from Kingston Hospital, said: “I’ve been utterly blown away by the local community’s generosity and goodwill. It’s really turned a sour tasting event into the most emotional and magical moment – a massive thank you to Ben and everyone who donated!

“I’m delighted Ben has chosen the remainder of the money raised to be donated to a local charity based in Kingston, Anstee Bridge, which provides an alternative learning programme for young people aged 14 to 16 facing emotional challenges.”

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