Norwood runner takes on Royal Parks Half Marathon to support the charity that helped her as a child

16 October 2018

On Sunday 14 October Marianne Phillips ran in the Royal Parks Half Marathon to fundraise for Norwood, a leading Jewish charity that helped her as a child. She was one of 15 runners who took part in the iconic 13.1-mile race for the charity.

Together, they raised £10,000 to support vulnerable children and their families, adults with learning disabilities and autism, and children with special educational needs.

When Marianne was eight years old, she struggled with challenging behaviour in the classroom, which affected her performance and the way her classmates saw her.

Marianne says: “Through the years, I have suffered from confidence issues which impacted the way I engaged with people. People through no fault of their own were perhaps unsure how to respond in the best way to me. This left me feeling confused and stressed with life.”

Norwood helped Marianne’s family ask their local authority for additional educational support, which she successfully received. Marianne also used Norwood’s Binoh service, the charity’s specialist teaching support, which helped her with social interaction.

Norwood supported Marianne to overcome her difficulties at school and now, as an adult, she is working as a Regulatory Consultant for KPMG and thriving.

As Marianne prepared to embark on the Royal Parks Half Marathon for Norwood, she said: “Norwood’s Binoh service certainly made a difference. I overcame my difficulties and am now thriving in life. Some of the people Norwood supports could have confidence and communication challenges and Norwood’s specialism helps them feel understood and accepted. Donating to Norwood will make a difference for so many people and their families who reach out to the charity for help.”

Marianne has so far raised over £600. You can support her by donating here

Marianne Phillips

Joining the runners was Dr Beverley Jacobson, the new Chief Executive of Norwood. She said: “I’m delighted to have taken part in this race alongside Norwood’s incredible runners – their dedication and enthusiasm for Norwood is inspiring. I’d like to thank them all for supporting our life-changing services, which help the most vulnerable in our community to achieve their fullest potential. Seeing our supporters’ passion and commitment shows what a wonderful charity I have joined, and I’m looking forward to working with many more Norwood supporters in the future.”

Dr Beverley Jacobson

To take part in a running, cycling or trekking challenge for Norwood or find out more, please call the Norwood Challenges team on 020 8420 6811 or email

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Further information

For further information please contact the Norwood press team:

By email:

By phone: 020 8420 6866 or 07736 458532

Norwood runners

 The 15 runners taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon for Norwood are:

Marianne Phillips:

Marc Clifford:

Sam Cohen (running with Stephen Harrison as his guide):

Chaya Domnitz:

Greg Feld-Davidovici:

Adam Gold:

Andrew Greenwall Cohen

James Keisner:

Simon Rosenblatt (Joint fundraising for London Marathon, Pru Ride and Royal Parks)

Susie Savinson:

Oliver Tenzer:

Victoria Tenzer:

Michael Tucker:

Joe Wagman:

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.

To take part in a challenge or find out more, please call the Norwood Challenges team on 020 8420 6811 or email

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. Norwood works with 56 local authorities and has over 55 sites 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.