Outpouring of support after Talya's treasured trike is stolen

Talya Jacobson, who has cerebral palsy, was heartbroken after the customised bike was taken


An appeal for help in recovering a trike stolen from a North Londoner with cerebral palsy has sparked a wave of support, plus a fundraising appeal for Norwood.

Talya Jacobson, 26, from Golders Green was devastated when her cherished customised bike was taken last Thursday.

“Her greatest joy is cycling around the neighbourhood and singing at the top of her voice,” her sister Dani, 24, told the JC.

“My mum was heartbroken when Talya called her sobbing to say the bike had been stolen.They stopped making them many years ago which was why we were so distraught.”

She added that her sister had raised around £185,000 for charitable causes over the years, mostly on her trike.

Olympians Chris Hoy and Ellie Simmonds and TV presenter Jeremy Vine were among those supporting the social media appeal.

After seeing the appeal, a Norfolk resident offered to donate an identical trike.

Separately, the family has launched an online campaign to raise funds for Norwood to help people with disabilities access cycling, wellbeing programmes and international bike rides. Talya’s mother is the Norwood CEO, Dr Beverley Jacobson.

“It’s very humbling to be able to turn this horrible story into something positive,” Dani Jacobson said.

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