Sweep and cheerful 4 December 2019 Fundraising On Sunday 1 December, the Toy Sweep Committee, chaired by Debra Kleinman, welcomed about 60 children and their families to Smyths Toys in Staples Corner, Hendon, for Norwood’s annual “grab a gift” extravaganza. The Toy Sweep, now in its 19th year, is funded by events the committee puts on over the course of the year. All of the money raised from these activities provides a Smyths voucher for each child, with the balance used by the staff at Norwood’s services to buy precious new resources. All of the children that Norwood supports – whether through its Buckets and Spades short-breaks service, its family centres or social groups – and their families and carers are invited to join in the fun, with doughnuts, balloon modelling and plenty to do before the serious business of toy choosing takes place. The Norwood Toy Committee is a small and dedicated group of volunteers that started nearly 20 years ago with one simple goal: to bring joy into children’s lives whatever challenges they face. As Debra says: “My committee works hard throughout the year. The Toy Sweep is a fantastic event and there’s a lot to organise and lots of volunteers involved in making it happen. But ultimately, the children’s smiles on the day make it all worthwhile.” Pictures: (Top) Michal and her mother, who use Norwood’s family support service (Bottom) Sara, who uses Norwood’s family support service – ENDS – Notes for editors For further information please contact the Norwood press team: By email: firstname.lastname@example.org By phone: 020 8420 6866 More images are available upon request 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 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 £32m a year to deliver Norwood’s services, £12m of which must be raised from voluntary donations.