Young supporters put the fun into fundraising for Norwood

14 June 2012

On 10th June, with the rain at bay, Norwood hosted its first combined Junior Bike Ride, Toddlerthon and Fun Day, sponsored by cycle shop Giant Radlett. From tots to teens, over 450 cycling enthusiasts took part in either a 5 mile or 10 mile off-road adventure, while under fours also joined in the fun by taking part in a Toddlerthon. The event is on target to raise £60,000 towards Norwood’s vital work with people with learning disabilities, and children and families in need.

The Schneider family from North London were just one of hundreds of families who took part. Mr Schneider and his two sons, Gabriel, aged ten, and Rafi, aged seven, all cycled the 10 mile off-road course, whilst Mrs Schneider and three year old Eden took part in the Toddlerthon. Following completion of the ride, Gabriel said:

"I really enjoyed taking part, even though it was a hard challenge. It was good to raise money to help other people. I would really like to do the Capital to Coast Cycle Challenge next and maybe even the Israel Bike Ride with my dad."

The event, included tandem teams, amongst who were cycling challenge veteran, and Norwood service user, Ian Spellman, who rode with Steve Adams and completed the challenge despite breaking a pedal part way round the course. In addition, 17 year old Talya Jacobson, from Elstree, took part in the 5 mile course on a specially adapted trike, accompanied by her father Alan who ran the course as she cycled. Talya, a previous Norwood service user, and her family have taken part in a number of fundraising challenges over the last eight years, raising in excess of £50,000 for Norwood.

Joshua Lipshaw from Stanmore celebrated his 7th birthday at the Junior Bike Ride, and donated all his birthday money to Norwood as part of his fundraising efforts.

Gifts and prizes were offered throughout the day, including free cycle shirts for all taking part, goody bags from, media sponsor, The Jewish News as well as certificates and medals for every rider. The entrant who raised the most sponsorship money will be announced on 29th June and will receive the new iPad.

After completing the course, parents were able to wind down with some well-earned food and drink as their children took advantage of the bouncy castle and games that were at the event, all the while filling up on candy floss and popcorn.

Ian Tate, Norwood’s Business Development Manager for Challenges, said: "The Junior Bike Ride and Fun Day is a great opportunity for youngsters, and their parents, to take part in a fantastic day out and help many people with learning disabilities, and children and families in need, who receive vital support from Norwood . It was a fantastic event, and I’d like to congratulate and thank all those who took part for all their efforts on behalf of the Charity."

Find out about the 2013 Junior Bike Ride