Norwood runners ramp up the pounds in the London Marathon

23 April 2012

Norwood is an incredible Charity.

A group of 21 runners took to the Capital’s streets for the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April, in aid of Norwood. The event has so far raised an incredible £80.000 for the Charity, which supports people with learning disabilities and children and families in need.

Ben Williams, 30, from Wokingham, was one of Norwood’s runners who took part in the 26.2 mile challenge, which he completed in 4 hours and 33 minutes . Ben, who is Managing Director of Eco Warriors Solar, is fundraising to help change the life of Bryony Smith, who lives at Norwood’s residential accommodation in Ravenswood Village. Due to a neurodevelopmental disorder, Rett Syndome, and other complex and profound learning disabilities, Bryony finds communicating extremely difficult. The money Ben has raised will go towards a ‘Tobii Eye Tracker Computer’, a high tech device which will help Bryony to communicate and socialise using revolutionary eye gaze technology.

He said: "What an event to be part of! My family have been involved with this great charity for over 15 years; if I can make the difference to even just one service user’s life, all the hard training would have been worthwhile".

Also amongst participants this year was 27-year-old Yonni Abramson, from North West London, who is chairman of the YN Patronage campaign. He has raised over £14,000 for Norwood and ran 35 miles a week to train for the challenge. Yonni, who has never taken part in a charity run before, completed the marathon in four hours and 32 minutes.

He said: "Today was tough but amazing. Norwood is an incredible Charity, and its tireless efforts to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities, and children and families in need, are inspirational. I am proud to be part of the effort to help them continue this life-changing work. I couldn’t think of anyone better to run for."

Great-grandmother Flora Frank, 69, also participated in this year’s challenge, which was her 25th marathon on behalf of the Charity. Norwood is extremely close to her heart as her brother, Nissim Moses, who lived at Ravenswood, the Charity’s residential community for adults with learning disabilities in Berkshire, passed away last August.

She said: "Todays has been amazing, even the weather was unbelievable for most of the time. Although it has been a difficult time for me, I took part in this Marathon in the memory of my darling brother Nissim, who died leaving a great void in my life. He is greatly missed and was a true inspiration. Despite his own disability, he received gold, silver and bronze medals himself after participating in 18 Special Olympics for Ravenswood."

Ian Tate, Norwood’s Head of Challenges, said: "We congratulate and thank all our runners including Ben, Flora and Yonni for all their efforts on behalf of the people with learning disabilities, and children and families in need, who receive vital support from Norwood. Your physical and fundraising achievements inspire and help us to change the lives of thousands of people each year."

The other Norwood runners this year are: Joel Barnett, Andrea Fraquelli, Alex Golombeck, Paul Harris, Ryan Howard, Paul Jacobs, Jane Jaffe, Samuel Kaye, Ben Konopinski, Adam Malach, David Mintz, Simon Passer, Nikola Plecas, Paul Robbens, Harry Green, Jacob Green, Joseph Green, Philip Green and Samuel Green.