Girl’s stolen bike replaced thanks to Visordown readers and Honda

Four-year-old Izabella Tunnicliffe all smiles as she receives brand-new Honda CR50F

THERE seem to be a lot of stories in the news about bike theft at the moment and they usually make grim reading.

But here’s a happy one.

Four-year-old Izabella Tunnicliffe was all smiles this week as she received her brand-new Honda CR50F, replacing the mini motocrosser stolen from her in April.

The keen off-roader made headlines when she offered to buy her stolen bike back from the thieves with her piggyback money. Visordown responded with a crowdfund page to get her a new one.

We were stunned when £1,414 was raised within a month, exceeding the target of £1,349 – and just as impressed when Honda offered to simply donate the bike.

As a result, the funds were not withdrawn from the GoFundMe page and will be automatically refunded to the generous donors.

And Izabella, from Tetbury, Gloucestershire, gets her bike, meaning she can chase her goal of racing in junior motocross.

Izabella, pictured above with mum Megan and dad Josh, was given the new CR50F on Tuesday.

Mrs Tunnicliffe said: “We are forever grateful she has been given the chance to have a new bike, meaning she will be able to go on and race next season.

“She can't wait to be back out on the bike practicing, ready to compete next year.”

Visordown was touched when we read about Izabella saying, “Maybe I can give the baddies the money out of my piggybank to get the motorbike back,” and we weren’t the only ones.

Donors to the crowdfund page included Stuart Smith, who gave £10 and wrote ‘Go for it Izabella!’

Stephen Pile gave £20 and wrote ‘I wish you well.’

One anonymous donor gave £50.

But even with their generosity the fund was still falling short until another anonymous donor gave a staggering £739, taking us all the way to the target with a single gift.

Then, when we approached Honda UK to buy a CRF50F with the funds, the firm immediately offered to simply donate one – meaning our incredibly generous readers get their money back.

The new CR50F replaces a Yamaha PW50 stolen from a locked shed.

Mrs Tunnicliffe said the family had invested in new security measures to protect the new bike.

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