A nurse nurse who gave up her job as a lecturer to treat critically ill patients in Musgrove during the pandemic was left in tears after her bicycle was stolen from the hospital grounds.
Yasmin Austin had just finished a busy night shift of over 12 hours attending to a critically ill patient when she found out that her transportation home had been taken.
The intensive care nurse, who recently got married, cannot afford to replace the bicycle.
“I returned to Musgrove full-time after my role as an adult nursing lecturer at UWE at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic because I knew the need was greater ‘on the floor’ at the hospital, ”Yasmin said.
“I sold our car and invested in a more expensive bike so I could get to work from our home in Taunton.
“I was working a night shift Monday and locked my bike just after 7pm along with lots of other staff bikes outside of the Beacon Center.
“I always parked it there and never had any problems.
“After a busy 12.5 hour shift caring for a critically ill patient, I got out and found my bike was missing.
“I was absolutely devastated and had to phone my tearful husband to ask him to take me home.”
Yasmin says the CCTV footage shows a person walking to the bike racks and soon after leaving on their bike.
She reported the theft to the police.
Yasmin added, “Having only been purchased recently, the bike is in perfect condition and my bike lights will probably still be attached to it.
“I was very lucky to get married recently, but unfortunately that means we are not able financially to replace the bike at the moment as it will cost over a month’s salary.
“The kindness I have shown on social media has been amazing – two donation pages were created by friends / colleagues, and I have received many offers of bikes – even from people I haven’t never encountered before. ”