Jonathan Ross is among the many Hampstead Garden Suburb residents who have responded generously to the fundraising drive of Talya Jacobson, the 25-year-old daughter of Norwood CEO Dr Beverley Jacobson.
Rain or shine, Ms Jacobson pedals her red trike around the Suburb streets while singing at the top of her voice — Spread A Little Happiness and What A Wonderful World are current favourites.
Ms Jacobson has mild quadriplegic cerebral palsy, a severe visual impairment and learning disabilities. When family members were considering activities for her to relieve the boredom of lockdown, she told them: “I have a good idea — I love riding my trike and I love helping others. So how about doing a sponsored bike ride?”
The result was Talya’s 225 Challenge. Starting on May 22 — or 22/5 — it marks Norwood’s 225th year, will cover a total 225 kilometres and will help towards the charity’s expenditure on PPE (which, coincidentally, cost £225,000 in April alone).
Jonathan Ross had received a flyer about the campaign and tweeted after seeing her out riding: “Can anyone who lives near me in Hampstead Garden Suburb help? We had a leaflet with info about a young girl cycling on her red trike to raise money for her charity. I saw her cycling out in the rain today! I want to donate but can’t find the leaflet. Need info. Thanks.”
Twitter did its job and the broadcaster made a “significant donation”. Ms Jacobson is well on course to her £25,000 target.
Dr Jacobson told the JC: “For most of the past 25 years I have been inspired by the strength and courage of my daughter. No challenge has ever deterred her and she has changed my world.
“Now I will be attempting to run 225k within the next three weeks.”