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Teens aim for new heights in fundraiser for Jewish charity Norwood

PUBLISHED: 09:02 08 March 2015

17 year olds Ben Igielman and Samuel Masters from Barkingside. Who are climbing Snowdon to raise money for the charity Norwood, which has a centre in Gants Hill where Ben is a volunteer.

17 year olds Ben Igielman and Samuel Masters from Barkingside. Who are climbing Snowdon to raise money for the charity Norwood, which has a centre in Gants Hill where Ben is a volunteer.

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Two friends will be scaling the heights of Snowdon for a Jewish charity before heading off to university.

Sam Masters and Ben Igielman, both 17, will be tackling the 3,560 ft peak, which is the highest in England and Wales, on August 28 to raise money for Norwood.

Sam, who lives in Gants Hill, said: “We’ve never done anything like this and we came to the conclusion doing it before uni would be something special.

“We’ve wanted to do something for Norwood for a while.

“Not many people in the community know about what they do.”

Ben, who lives in Barkingide, said he started working at Norwood’s Unity centre in Oaks Lane after a volunteers fair at King Solomon High School, where he is a student.

“I thought I would give it a go and I absolutely loved it,” he said.

“I couldn’t imagine not doing it now.”

The centre runs clubs and activities for young people with disabilities in a fun and sociable environment.

Children get the chance to experience a range of acitvities such as drama, soft play, sports, arts and craft, cookery and music, while families get respite knowing their child is being well cared for.

He said the pair were excited for the trek, having both done the Duke of Edinburgh award.

“It’s not going to be easy but I’m not too worried about it,” said Ben.

“It will be nice to have a bit of a break from exam revision.”

And Sam, who attends JCoSS (Jewish Community Secondary School) in New Barnet, said: “I’m not that sporty, we are both more like film buffs. I do like to go for runs.”

The boys have also named their challenged #HashtagSnowdon, in an effort to get some attention on social media.

“I’ve always been interested in media and television,” said Sam, who plans to study media at Nottingham Trent next year.

“We made a video on my Youtube channel and I’ve got lots of peopel to share it, using it as a promotion.”

The pair hope to raise £750. visit justgiving.com/benandsamsnowdon to donate.


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