Two youngsters from Falkirk have shown the true meaning of friendship when it was needed most.
If acts of kindness can help forge lifelong bonds then the friendship of best pals Daniel Stalker and Mikey Bullock will stand the test of time.
The duo, aged nine and ten, grew up together in Hallglen’s Annan Court before Mikey and his family moved to a bigger house more than three miles away in Bainsford at the end of last year. But they were brought back together through their love of BMX bikes when Mikey’s was stolen by heartless thieves on Christmas Eve.
Mikey’s mum Melissa posted the theft on Facebook saying how distraught her son was at losing his beloved bike.
But within the hour his fortunes had turned.
Melissa said: “Mikey was heartbroken at having his bike stolen. Who steals a wee boy’s bike on Christmas Eve, it’s just terrible.
‘‘Mikey is on his bike all the time and loves it. I wrote on Facebook about it and about an hour later Daniel’s mother put up a post saying Daniel wanted to give Mikey his bike because he was going to get a new one.
“We were so touched by what Daniel wanted to do. His mum said Daniel felt ‘horrible’ that Mikey had lost his bike. You don’t hear about kids doing that very much these days and we want to say thank you to Daniel for what he’s done. He really cheered Mikey up.”
Daniel’s mum, Carol Stalker, said: “They are best buddies so Daniel was just as upset about Mikey’s bike being taken as he was. As soon as I told him what had happened he said to me he wanted to give Mikey his bike and said he would buy a new one with the money he was expecting for Christmas.
“He has a wee heart of gold and I’m very proud he offered to help his pal out. As he already had a bike he could have bought himself something else for Christmas, but he chose to give his bike away.”
Anyone with information on the stolen BMX, which is black with yellow writing, can contact police on (01786) 456000.