Ain’t no mountain high enough for Norwood challengers

17 July 2015

Forty nine trekkers made it their mission to cross the Sudetes Mountains on a three-day challenge to raise money for Norwood last week. The hikers covered up to 20kms a day, though the magnificent pine forests and winding trails of one of Central Europe’s steepest mountain ranges.

Together they have raised over £100,000 for Norwood’s Hope Centre for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The trekkers included Mark Bates and Shalev Nymark, who have learning disabilities and use Norwood’s Sports and Employment services.

Shalev said: "The trek was the most brilliant thing I’ve ever done, everyone should do it. The views were amazing, and even though it was tough my legs didn’t feel too bad at the end. The people I met were fantastic too – the last night of the trip was party night, and we had a big meal in the hotel. I even got up to sing my favourite George Benson song."

Ian Tate, Business Development Manager for Challenges at Norwood said: "Everyone commented on the brilliant atmosphere and sense of camaraderie among the hikers. Mark and Shalev put in an tremendous effort and did themselves proud. The trek was a real challenge. One of the great benefits of taking on a Norwood challenge is you get to spend time with the people we support, and see the tremendous difference the money we raise can make to their lives."