Unity welcomes a new hoist

28 February 2020

The children and young people who use Unity – Norwood’s recreational service for 5–18 year olds with learning disabilities – are thrilled with their new hoist. The hoist, which allows the children and young people to be easily moved around the room, was generously paid for by the London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children (LTCFC), The Fence Club and The Breakaway Charity Committee.

Malcolm Shaffron, the honorary secretary of LTCFC, and his wife, Evelyn, paid a visit to Norwood’s Kennedy Leigh Family Centre on Tuesday 18 February to see the ceiling hoist, which is already making a huge difference to the sessions for the people who attend the group and their support staff.

Over the years the LTCFC has supported several appeals by Norwood, including the purchase of a shower cradle, profiling bed and redecorating a bedroom at our Buckets and Spades service. Its focus is on supporting children with a wide range of needs and as well as providing annual outings to the seaside, LTCFC also raises money to support equipment and services needed by Norwood and other charities.

LTCFC has a historical connection to Norwood as it was set up in 1928 by a taxi driver, named Mick Cohen, who grew up in the Norwood Orphanage. Mick decided to raise money for the home and recruited 12 drivers to organise an outing for the children. Norwood orphans, their teachers and the drivers travelled by coach to London before arriving at London Zoo and having tea before setting home.

The Fence Club supports small UK charities where the money raised makes a real difference – for example, purchasing special equipment that will improve the quality of life of children supported by that charity. All money donated goes a long way to helping children who need special care or who may be seriously or terminally ill.

The Breakaway Charity Committee’s objective is to support children with physical and/or learning disabilities.

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