Norwood thanks London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children for continued support

11 January 2019

The London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children and Jewish charity Norwood have a historic relationship that goes back almost 90 years.

Taxi driver Mick Cohen, who was housed at the Jewish orphanage in Norwood as a child, first had the idea to raise money for the Norwood orphanage in 1928, recruiting 12 black cab drivers to help his cause.

As well as organising the first outing for the children, he and his colleagues raised money for the home – and the newly named London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children was born.

The fund, which to this day supports children with special needs through donating to relevant charities and organising outings, recently donated close to £700 to Norwood’s Buckets and Spades respite centre in East Finchley. The money has gone toward redecorating one of the bedrooms at the respite centre which is used daily for overnight short stays for children with learning difficulties and complex health needs.

Claire Politzer, Buckets and Spades Home Manager said: “Donations like this are absolutely crucial for us to be able to keep offering the support we do for young people and their families. In particular, the work to refurbish this bedroom now makes it a warmer and cosier place for children to stay overnight and helps to create that home away from home feel. This is not only essential for the children we support, it also helps their families relax while their children are here, safe in the knowledge that the environment equally matches the high level of care they receive.”

The London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to provide continued support to Norwood’s Buckets and Spades respite centre. We are thrilled with the result of the newly redecorated bedroom and the difference it will help make to the lives of people supported by Norwood.”

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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.

About Norwood’s Buckets and Spades respite centre

Norwood’s Buckets and Spades respite centre is a large purpose built bungalow in Hendon with six bedrooms and three adapted bathrooms.

It’s a unique service which for the last 20 years has provided overnight, weekend or longer stays for children and young people up to the age of 18 who have multiple, complex and sometimes profound disabilities and other health needs.

The service provides continuous one to one care from Norwood’s qualified professionals enabling children and young people to learn new skills and enjoy fun activities while also offering family members the much needed opportunity for respite.

About The London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children (The LTCFC)

The LTCFC charity aims to help children less fortunate than others who are physically or mentally handicapped or socially deprived.

It is crucial to know that the success of the Charity is due to the continued support of taxi drivers, helpers and benefactors who give their time and resources helping the LTCFC to help less fortunate children and their families.

In 2017, because of the fantastic help received through donations, sponsors and the generosity of the general public, the LTCFC were able to help over 1000 disadvantaged children, as well as fund appeals with money raised from fundraising events.