THE community has rallied together to raise money after an electric bike was stolen from a woman who has multiple sclerosis (MS). 

Tracey Bates' bike was stolen from outside St Agnes Church on Sunday October 13.

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Ms Bates has MS - a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.

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Following the theft, a GoFundMe page was set up by Emma, a friend of Tracey, who explained Tracey is "heartbroken".

She added: "This bike is Tracey’s independence.

"It allows her to be able to get to work, church, shops etc, but more importantly to be reliant on herself."

So far, £1,028 of their £900 target has been raised but any additional donations will go towards buying a lock and insurance.

Emma added: "All donations will be gratefully received.

"Thank you for your love and support."

To donate, click here.