Trekkers Tackle Iceland Terrain to raise £45,000 for Norwood

29 July 2013

The Iceland Trek was an amazing adventure and an incredible success. Participants came from all over the world – in many cases bringing family members. The participation of Paul and Jon raised everyone’s awareness of Norwood’s vital work for children and adults alike.

A group of valiant trekkers raised £45,000 for Norwood on just one three-day trek in Iceland last week. The 28 fundraisers enjoyed Iceland’s stunning scenery in Landmannahellir, as they trekked 48km through volcanic mountains and past breath-taking lakes and fjords.

As with all Norwood challenges, the participants included people with learning disabilities who use Norwood’s services.

The funds raised will go towards the Willesden-based Hope Centre, a Norwood service for children and young people with a range of educational needs. The Centre helps children and young people aged between 3 and 19 to develop their thinking skills and give them the tools to become confident and independent learners. It also provides training courses for teaching staff and parents.

Veteran trekker Ian Fagelson, a Norwood Trustee whose son Jonathan benefited from the work of the Hope Centre, trekked with his daughter, Judith, as well as colleagues from law firm Reed Smith. He was also joined by Ravenswood resident Jon Feuchtwanger, Hope Centre Senior practitioner Paul Pringle, Norwood Trustee Mark Pollack (accompanied by his own daughter Amber) and a host of other Norwood supporters.

Ian said: "The Iceland Trek was an amazing adventure and an incredible success. Participants came from all over the world – in many cases bringing family members. The participation of Paul and Jon raised everyone’s awareness of Norwood’s vital work for children and adults alike."
He added: "The scenery was stunning and there was a great sense of camaraderie among the group. I hope that we will be able to organise an even bigger trek next year."

Judith Barnett, Challenges Manager said: "Iceland holds some of the most astonishing environments on Earth, and I would like to congratulate the group on their considerable physical achievement, and their incredible fundraising effort, which will make a great difference to the lives of so many families.

The work carried out by Norwood at the Hope Centre and our many other life-changing services is only possible through the generosity of our supporters, so I would urge anyone interested in setting themselves a challenge this year to sign up to one of the many events we have organised."

Norwood Challenges will be running a fantastic five day bike ride in Israel from the 28th September to 6th October 2013, starting with a night ride in the holy city of Jerusalem, through northern Israel and finishing in the bustling metropolitan city of Tel Aviv.

For more information, visit www.norwood.org.uk/challenges or contact 020 8420 6834 / challenges@norwood.org.uk