A few weeks after having his dog bike recovered by a well-meaning member of the public, James Middleton has had it restored and donated to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, London.
By, 11 Aug 2019
In June of this year the younger brother of the Duchess of Cambridge took to social media to announce that his £2,299 Babboe Cargobike had been stolen.
Middleton wrote on Instagram: “Sadly my Dog Bike got stolen. Ella & Co are devastated – taking the dogs out on the bike brings me so much joy and to all those we meet on the way. There is CCTV which is being investigated but would love to find it…”
32-year-old Middleton promised to make a donation to Battersea should his post receive 15,000 likes. By the next day the post had received twice that number.
Middleton, who suffers with depression, revealed at the time that the bike gave him the freedom to spend time with his nine dogs, which in turn steered him to happiness.
Lost and found
Less than a week after the theft the Daily Mail revealed that the dog bike had been found. Writes the Mail Online, Middleton was “'overjoyed' at being reunited with the bike with the help of a stranger online”. However, he described the bike as being, “damaged and disguised with a bad paint job”.
Sharing the news on Instagram, he wrote: “Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word...Amazingly, my bike has been found and recovered...”
Middleton yesterday donated his bike, now restored, to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Having bought a replacement following the loss of the original, Middleton announced on Instagram his gift to the shelter.
“I have donated it to @battersea dogs and cats home,” he wrote, “where I know it will get lots of use moving various residents around from the elderly to the injured to the overly excited pups wanting to get to the park quicker!”