Norwood heroes conquer international challenges in Nepal, Greece and Tanzania

14 December 2018

During October and November, over 125 thrill seekers took on four of Norwood’s international challenge events in the space of four weeks. Together, they raised an incredible £470,000 to support vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities and autism.

The fundraising heroes joined forces with some of the people Norwood supports to take on epic cycling challenges in Nepal, Greece and Tanzania, as well as a trek in Nepal. Each challenge took place over several days, with each cycling challenge covering hundreds of kilometres and the trek stretching over thirty miles and 11 summits over 23,000ft.

Two of the challengers taking on Nepal were Jon and Julian, residents of Ravenswood, Norwood’s collection of homes for adults with learning disabilities. Julian trekked through the Himalayas, while Jon cycled through Kathmandu Valley cycle on a tandem.

Phil Dodds, who rode at the front of the tandem with Jon, said: “I loved the country with its fantastic scenery and delightful people. I loved the challenge of cycling the tandem with Jon and making it as memorable as I could. I loved the camaraderie of the group. Basically I loved the whole thing.”

Julian said: “I enjoyed Nepal and going up the mountains using walking poles. I enjoyed camping in a tent. I enjoyed meeting new people. At the end I felt really proud of myself.”

The next Norwood Challenge taking place is an Italy Three Lakes Cycle in May 2019. To find out more about this and other events taking place next year, and to sign up, contact

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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.

Norwood supports over 4,000 people every year, giving them the tools they need to live the most fulfilling lives they can.

Norwood works with 56 local authorities, delivering wide-ranging services in a variety of residential accommodation and supported living services, short-break facilities and family centres across London and the South East.

Through a workforce of over 2,500 – made up of 1,250 staff and 1,500 volunteers – we provide the highest-quality care to transform the lives of children and their families, and vulnerable adults.

It costs £34m a year to deliver Norwood’s services, £12m of which must be raised from voluntary donations.