Crowdfunding campaign raises £3k to replace trike stolen from disabled rider

Chris Boardman donates £1000 to help replace a custom trike stolen from Simon Stevens in Coventry

Member of the public – and a generous donation from Chris Boardman – have raised over £3000 to replace a custom-made trike stolen from outside the home of Simon Stevens, who has cerebral palsy.

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Stevens was awoken on Thursday September 21 in the early hours of the morning to the sound of someone breaking into a secure store outside his home in Coventry.

The thief made off with the custom-built Tomcat Bullet trike, which Stevens helped to design. The machine was one of a kind.

Simon Stevens on his Tomcat Trike

“This £3,000 bike was built for me specifically to ride for physical and mental health,” Stevens told the Coventry Telegraph.

“It was stolen from my home – I heard them cut the bars to the caged, locked area.”

At time of writing, 121 people had donated to a Just Giving fund to help buy Stevens a replacement trike. One donation was left by Chris and Sally Boardman for £1000, with the message “We hope you are back on your trike soon. Good luck.”

West Midlands Police are currently investigating the theft.