The ride of a lifetime

25 September 2019

Last week, a group of 31 riders took on Norwood’s “Croatia Sail & Cycle” challenge, raising more than £150,000 for the charity. Norwood – the charity for children and their families going through difficult times and people with learning disabilities – organises a number of international cycling challenges each year, but what made this one extra special was that, for the first time, Norwood’s chief executive, Dr Beverley Jacobson, undertook the 402km cycle on a tandem with her daughter, Talya.

Fittingly, the group set off on Talya’s 25th birthday. Before leaving, Bev said: “You cannot believe the privileged feeling I have to be able to do this. I felt totally overwhelmed when the realisation sank in that I was packing cycling gear for my disabled daughter!”

Over the course of the six-day cycle – which included the island of Hvar, a summit of Mount Biokovo, the island of Korcula and the Pelješec peninsula – Talya proved her mother’s (and Norwood’s) assertion that, “people with learning disabilities have an equal right to enjoy independent, meaningful and inclusive adult lives and, with the right support, can develop and grow to their full potential”.

Bev adds: “Every day Talya broke new boundaries – from climbing hills to riding in the wind and rain to taking her first shower (she has always been a bath lover). What an inspiration. I am totally in awe of her.”

For more information about Norwood Challenges, contact or call 020 8420 6811.

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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 more than 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 more than 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.

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