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Intensive care nurse has bike stolen during night shift

Gemma says her bike is her Credit: GoFundMe

More than £1,900 has been raised for an intensive care nurse who had her bike stolen while working a night shift at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.

Gemma Batley says she was "shocked" to find a different bike in place of hers.

It is thought the thief used another bike to get to the hospital and used that bike to replace Gemma's bike and disguise the theft.

Gemma, who has epilepsy and therefore can't drive, says the bike is her "everything" as she relies on it to get to work.

It is my everything. I use it for just about everything. I have epilepsy, so I can't actually drive.

"It's my freedom, it's what I do to clear my head after a busy shift, especially after the last few weeks."

– Gemma Batley, Intensive Care Nurse, William Harvey Hospital

After hearing Gemma's story, Chelcie Haste, who works as a physiotherapist at the hospital, set up a fundraising page to get her a new bike.

Gemma says she's been "overwhelmed" by the response.

The excess money will be donated to the hospital's Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU), as a thank you to the staff.