Fundraisers pound the pavements in aid of Norwood

15 May 2012

Fundraisers supporting Norwood made the most of the sunshine on Sunday for the Norwood 10 Bridges walk. The 6.5 or 13-mile journey, starting near Vauxhall Bridge, and finishing beyond Tower Bridge, raised more than £15,000 for the Charity, which supports people with learning disabilities and children and families in need.

The group of around 53 walkers included people who live at Ravenswood, Norwood’s residential community in Berkshire and participants enjoyed wonderful views of many of London’s most iconic landmarks – the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and many more. Goody bags were supplied for all those who took part.

Nine-year-old Henry Schmidt, from Finchley, was one of the youngest participants to take on the challenge, along with his father Mark. Both completed the 13 mile route in 4 hours 11 minutes and raised an impressive £600 in sponsorship.

Mark said:

"I can highly recommend the walk as a great way to see London. Henry was determined to get to the end, however long it took!"

Ian Tate, Norwood’s Head of Challenges, said: "The 10 Bridges walk is a great opportunity get fit and see some of London’s most spectacular sights, in aid of an extremely worthy cause. It was a fantastic day for all those who took part, and I’d like to thank all of them for their support."

The next Norwood Challenge for younger fundraisers will be the Junior Bike Ride, Toddlerthon and Fun Day on Sunday, 10th June in Elstree. For more information about this event or any of Norwood’s Challenges throughout the year, please visit