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Paralympian asks for help after racing trike stolen

By Ben Philip

A Team GB Paralympic cyclist is appealing for support to raise the money to replace her stolen racing trike.

Hannah Dines, who represented Britain at the Rio Olympics last year, set up a GoFundMe page after her trike was taken on New Year's Eve.

The full-time athlete, who has cerebral palsy, has gathered more than £4,000 in less than 24 hours so far.

Writing on the page, Hannah, from Glasgow, explained that thieves broke into her flat, stole her car keys and then drove off in the vehicle, which contained her trike, before crashing and setting it on fire.

The car and its contents were incinerated in the incident and the trike could not be salvaged, with her insurance not covering the cost of a replacement.

Hannah said: "Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my racing. I do it because I love it and I will do it until I die, not just until I get a Paralympic gold medal.

"Without a race trike I will struggle when my racing season begins in May.

"I am a full-time athlete and will have to fund my races independently this season."

The Paralympian set the funding target at £7,454, and since the appeal went live on Thursday she has raised £4,105.

Hannah plans to write each donator's name on the new trikem and any extra cash will be given to Neil's Wheels, a charity that provides disabled people with specialised sports equipment. Her GoFundMe page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/racing-trike.

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