Community volunteer - Banbury's 'Mike on a Bike' - experiences act of kindness from two local businessmen
A Banbury man serving the communities in town known as 'Mike on a Bike' hopes to soon be back on the street helping others after the kind actions of two strangers.
Mike Hampton has been serving as a volunteer NHS Community Responder throughout the Covid-19 pandemic delivering prescriptions or essential food items on his pushbike. Last week he was in an accident with a vehicle whilst cycling. Earlier this week he received an unexpected gift of a new bicycle from a someone he did not know.
Mike said: "I haven't been able to ride it yet. My recovery is going well, but I still have a lot of pain in my back. I was lucky most of it was cuts and bruises."
Whilst Mike is still recovering from the accident he took the social media this and posted a message of thanks on Facebook to the man who bought him a new bicycle.
Mike said in the his message on the Banbury Info community Facebook page: "Today I want to give a massive shout out to a man I have never met. This gentleman after learning of my accident on Thursday involving myself and a taxi has taken it upon himself to help me get back to helping the local community.
"I am so overwhelmed by his generosity it has genuinely touched me. I will soon be back helping people in no small part to this man.
"So on behalf of myself and all the people I have helped and will go on to help because of you I say a heartfelt thank you to Greig Wyllie of UK Air Medic Ltd. Many thanks and stay safe #mikeonabike."
Mike posted several pictures of his new bike on Facebook earlier this week.
Nearly 100 people have posted comments on Facebook commending both Mike and Greig for their efforts to help the community.
One woman said in her Facebook comment: "Awesome. Your efforts and what you do have helped loads of people. A massive show of appreciation during your time of need."
Another woman said this in her comment on Facebook: "How wonderful! You deserve this Mike, please stay safe! Thank you for all that you do!"
A man posted the following comment of support online: "Love it when good comes back to the ones doing good."
Greig Wyllie posted a message to Mike in the comments of the Facebook post, which said: "Well, that's not how I imagined this turning out.
"Mike under no circumstances did us as a company help you out for public recognition. There is so many people thanking me for this when the true undeniable hero here is you my friend.
"I am truly grateful for the opportunity to help u out. Hope the bike is OK and I hope u get a chance to have a go soon. Best wishes mate from all of us at Airmedic."
Greig also gave his business partner, Richard Hayward, credit in the comments for helping pay for the kind gift of a new bike for Mike.
Mike said he hopes to be back on his bike 'in a week or so' helping people with deliveries in the community.