Norwood’s cyclists get into gear for Sri Lanka

26 November 2012

It was emotional, personal, satisfying and educational. Norwood is an amazing charity – more like a family – and I’m very excited to be a part of it and to help them continue with the great work they do!

Over 100 cycling enthusiasts saddled up for Norwood’s international bike ride in Sri Lanka in October, which raised an amazing £400,000 for the Charity. The eight-day adventure, which kicked off in the Island’s capital Colombo, covered a challenging 400km coast-to-coast route through bustling streets, foothills, mountain ranges, waterfalls and endless tea plantations.

Cyclists took in the spectacular scenery which included Kandurukanda Mountain, the Somawathie Chaitiya Sanctuary and the set location where they filmed the movie, "The Bridge on the River Kwai".

TV Presenter and celebrity supporter of Norwood, Jeff Brazier, said: "It was definitely the toughest physical test I’ve ever experienced, but I can’t tell you how special it was.

Not only did I enjoy it but I found it deeply moving too. It was emotional, personal, satisfying and educational. Norwood is an amazing charity – more like a family – and I’m very excited to be a part of it and to help them continue with the great work they do!"

A number of tandem teams, which included people who benefit from Norwood’s services, also took part in the ride. Nigel Trumper, Norwood’s Head of Sport and Leisure, cycled with Nick Ivil, 28, from Camberley, who uses Norwood’s services at Ravenswood Village in Berkshire, and takes part in weekly cycling, football & athletics.

Nick said: “I was so pleased to be asked to go to Sri Lanka. I loved being part of the Norwood Team. It was my dream come true! When I finished I felt very proud and there were lots of happy tears.

I would like to thank all the helpers for making my trip possible and all the sponsors for helping to raise money for the charity!”

Ian Tate, Business Development Manager for Challenges at Norwood said: "This year’s Sri Lanka bike ride was a truly unforgettable experience for everyone involved. It was certainly one of the toughest rides we have ever done, but our participants came away with a great sense of achievement and pride.

I’d like to thank everyone involved for their tremendous efforts in helping to raise money towards Norwood’s work supporting children, families, and people with learning disabilities. We are already making plans for next year’s ride in Madagascar!"