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Jeremy Smith

Laurence Smith Treks the Pyrenees For Norwood

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My story

[p]In July and August 2016, I walked 540 miles along the Pyrenees to raise money for the Norwood home that cares for my son, Jeremy (pictured with me). The home is Woodcock Dell in North London and accommodates 8 people with a variety of complex physical and learning disabilities. If you ever visit Woodcock Dell or, indeed any of the care homes that are managed and funded by Norwood charity, you will be impressed by the love and attention that the team of carers give to the people they care for. There is a unique atmosphere in all the Norwood homes, like little oases in a world of hustle and bustle. Now I am retired, I want to "give something back" to Norwood and to their carers. Hence, my reason for this trek.[/p][p]You can find out more about the Norwood charity by clicking on the symbol on the left of the page.[/p][p][b]About Norwood[/b][/p] [p]Norwood is a charity that provides care to 7,000 people in England. Norwood gives support to children and their families facing difficult circumstances, for example addiction, neglect, bereavement or abuse. It also supports children with special educational needs to achieve their educational potential and adults with learning disabilities to lead their lives to the full.[/p] [p]Norwood depends on charitable donations to meet the costs of providing these essential services. This is where your kindness and generosity is so important![/p] [p]My son Jeremy (pictured with me on this page) is one of the people that Norwood care for. Jeremy has severe learning difficulties, cerebral palsy and will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He has been in Norwood's care since February 2011 and I visit him regularly at his home in Woodcock Dell. I have seen how strong the bonds become between the residents at Woodcock Dell and their carers. The caring team at Woodcock Dell, and within all the homes in Norwood, are truly giving people. I owe them a debt of gratitude that I will carry with me to my last breath. The donations for this trek will go towards a much-needed extension to the dining area at Woodcock Dell, the rest will go to the "wider" Norwood. I will be paying for all my trekking expenses out of my own pocket (flights to France and back, accommodation, food, etc).[/p] [p][b]About The Challenge[/b][/p] [p]The Pyrenees is a mountain range that divides Spain and France. There is an established walking route, known as the Grande Randonnee 10, or GR10, that starts on the Atlantic coast (Hendaye) and ends at the Mediterranean coast (at Banyuls-sur-Mer). The GR10 is approximately 540 miles long and hugs the French-Spanish border for most of its length. It is classified as a “strenuous” walk, mainly because, on a typical day, a trekker will hike up about 1000 metres and descend a similar amount. Walking the entire length of the GR10 is equivalent to climbing and descending Mount Everest 6 times. An experienced walker will need between 7-10 weeks to complete the route. I completed it in just over 7 weeks, and it was seriously difficult and dangerous![/p] [p]More information about the GR10 can be found here:[/p][p][url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GR_10_(France)]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GR_10_(France)[/url][/p][p]The details of my route, with dates, places and other information is available here: [url=https://www.dropbox.com/s/9u0270y0wecj6j3/PyreneesTrek.pdf?dl=0]https://www.dropbox.com/s/9u0270y0wecj6j3/PyreneesTrek.pdf?dl=0[/url][/p][p]I posted regular updates about my preparation for the trek and during the trek, including photos. If you are interested in viewing these, please join my Facebook page here:[/p][p][url=http://www.facebook.com/LaurenceSmithTreks]http;//www.facebook.com/LaurenceSmithTreks[/url] (public page, with weekly accounts and photos)[/p][p][url=https://www.facebook.com/events/185886781769051/]https://www.facebook.com/events/185886781769051/[/url] [/p][p]([i]Please note that you may see a "Page not found" page when you click on this link. You will be prompted to either login to your Facebook account or to register and create a free account.[/i])[/p][p][/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

20 Aug 2016



Jul 16, 2017

Liz Sawyer

Sharing a Raffle Prize

£200.00 plus £0.00 Gift Aid

Jul 7, 2017

Sutton JACS


Jun 18, 2017

NWSS Mitzvah Day


Apr 17, 2017


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Feb 14, 2017


You are an inspiration!! To do this walk solo was a great achievement, and must have required so much determination and strength of character. Your family must be very proud of you.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Feb 1, 2017


Donated by NWSS JACS at Pyrenees Trek for Norwood film


Dec 24, 2016

Maurice and Elaine

Well done Laurence. Amazing achievement.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Nov 21, 2016

L & P Bader-Clynes

Remember to take a few crunchy geckos in case you encounter any stray Iberian bears. All the best!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 30, 2016

Rachel Kershaw

I read about your Trek in the Haderech. You are truly inspiring. I do hope the extension at Woodcock Dell can be built soon.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 16, 2016

David walsh

Well done Laurence

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid