Community comes together to get youngster a replacement bicycle
A teenager in the borough is back on two wheels thanks to the generosity of kind-hearted local people, who raised £360 to get him a replacement bicycle after his was stolen during a vicious attack.
Zayn Khan, of Upney Lane, had saved his pocket for an entire year to buy himself a £200 black Carrera Parva mountain bike, only to become the victim of a robbery while out riding his bicycle around Barking Park for the first time.
Upon reading about the 15-year-old's ordeal in The Post, Councillor Faruk Choudhury launched a fundraiser to get the Barking Abbey School pupil a replacement – within 72-hours the initial target of £200 had been smashed.
Councillor Faruk Choudhury, the ward councillor for Longbridge, where Zayn’s family live, said he was delighted people had come together to support the teenager.
One borough, one community
"I am so pleased that we are able to get this young man back in the saddle and on the road. What happened to Zayn is not reflective of our borough and no one, young or old, should feel afraid to leave their home or be fearful of being robbed on our streets," said Cllr Choudhury.
He added: "I think this sends a powerful message that we stand together as one borough, one community."
Zayn and his family were presented with the replacement bicycle at Barking Town Hall on Wednesday, 26 September.
They were joined by Cllr Choudhury, as well as the Mayor Cllr Alasia Sanchia and some of the people who kindly donated to fundraiser, who were treated to tea and cakes in the Mayor’s parlour as a thank you.
Zayn’s father, Jawaid, thanked the councillor and all those who donated.
He said: "We appreciate all your generous contributions, the response to the fundraiser really was unbelievable and we can’t thank all of you enough."