Ravenswood residents brave elements for Norwood at Prudential Ride London

31 July 2018

Jewish charity Norwood had a team of volunteers, staff, supporters, and disabled riders joining the Prudential Ride on Sunday, 29 July. The ride follows in the track of Olympians as participants cycle an impressive 100-mile challenge from London through Surrey, finishing in front of Buckingham palace.

All 11 of the Norwood riders who took part in this event are also training for other international charity challenges with Norwood.

This year residents from Norwood’s Ravenswood joined the race and cycled alongside staff and volunteers on tandem bikes – taking on the shorter Pru 46-mile route.

Peter Girvan has lived at Ravenswood for 14 years and is 44 years of age. This year he cycled with Norwood Wellbeing and Physical Activity Senior – Berkshire, Jonathan Green.

Peter said: “It’s the first time I’ve done it this year and I’ve got a good team behind me. I just want to thank Jonathan and everyone who’s helped me for their support this year.”

Jon Feuchtwanger, 69, and Julian Primhak, 61, have both lived at Ravenswood for 50 years. They rode with the volunteers Andrew Parr and Nick Abbott.

Andrew said: “It was great fun. Pity about the weather but when you got going the rain didn’t really matter – it was okay. Jon and the other riders from Norwood have trained hard and that’s really paid off – they’ve done well.”

Other riders from Ravenswood included Nick Ivil, who is 33 years old and has been participating in sports sessions within Norwood’s services for a number of years. Steven Chait, Stephen Harrison, and Paul Tuhrim also joined the Pru Ride as preparation for Norwood’s Greece Cycle in October.

Head of Challenges at Norwood, Ian Tate, said: “We are enormously grateful for all the efforts of the Norwood riders. This is a very challenging 100 mile ride and they all committed to a strict training regime to ensure they completed the ride in time. We are very proud too that a number of our tandem teams were able to take part. A fantastic physical and fundraising effort by everyone involved.”

Further information

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By email: pressoffice@norwood.org.uk

By phone: 020 8420 6866 or 07736 458532

About Norwood Challenges

In 2017 Norwood celebrated 25 years of organising Challenges – from cycling in South Africa to trekking in Iceland. It was the first charity in the UK to introduce the charity cycle challenge and has been attracting participants to our rides and treks ever since.

Norwood has taken thousands of challenge participants all over the world, testing their levels of endurance to the limit, giving them the chance to achieve something spectacular, as well as making friendships and memories to last a lifetime.

The charity’s challenge participants, who range in age from 18 to 82, have been inspired to raise millions of pounds to support our work with thousands of vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and adults with learning disabilities every year.

Many have said that getting the chance to cycle alongside some of the people supported by Norwood made the experience even more memorable.

About Norwood

Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities and autism.

Founded in 1795, Norwood is one of the UK’s oldest charities and the only Jewish charity to enjoy the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen.

It helps children and adults to maximise their potential at home, at school and throughout their lives, through personalised services designed to enable choice.

Each year Norwood needs £35m to keep its services running, £12m of which comes through voluntary donations. These services include a total of 55 residential, supported living and family centres across London and the South East.

Norwood currently runs eight charity shops across North and East London thanks to the support of 150 dedicated volunteers.