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Noreen's kids

Noreen's kids


  • Robin Dunn
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Sadlers Road,
RG17 9EB

Providing care for sick children and their families in Romania since 2000.

Noreen’s Kids is a UK charity, registered in 2007 (charity no. 1123407), helping to support the work of the Romanian charity Fundatia Cuvioasa Paraschiva (Foundation of St Paraschiva) or FCP.

The FCP was founded in 2000 by Noreen O'Gorman and is based in Slobozia, the county town of Ialomita district about 70 miles east of Bucharest.

FCP has two main projects:

Project 1: Our Residential Unit

This unit was originally opened by Children in Distress who took over a section of a home run by the Romanian child protection services - they decorated and refurbished it.

Noreen and her team took over the unit in August 2000 and improved the unit further with new furnishings, building works and redecoration. They took on the care of about 14 children who had AIDS.

Typically the children had been abandoned and had other problems, for instance severe learning difficulties, or other congenital difficulties.

At first the outlook of the children was thought to be poor and the work was aimed at providing good palliative care. However the treatment of AIDS has improved out of all recognition and all those who need it get expert treatment for AIDS, monitored from Bucharest by specialists in paediatric infectious diseases.

Independent Living Unit

Because of their wonderful care a lot of our “children” are becoming young adults and this has bought with it new challenges.

Noreen has bought a flat nearby in the town and refurbished it.

This has been used as an independent living unit for those of our young adults, whom we hope will eventually achieve independence. The aim is to reintegrate them into society.

Project 2: Our Community Services

At the moment the team is providing help to over 230 families in a fairly wide area around Slobozia, including Ialomita, Braile and Calarasi counties

Mostly these are poor families with sick children. The team visits regularly to provide support, depending on need. One of the most important things they do is to provide advocacy for families who are sometimes not getting the help which the state should be providing.

There are a number of families with children who have life shortening illness and Noreen’s dedicated team has provided care to families having to cope with the heartbreak of a child dying from illnesses such as AIDS or muscular dystrophy. Although palliative care is now recognised as a competency in Romania it has yet to achieve the status of a full specialty and community palliative care such as is provided by Noreen is still a rarity.

The team provides nursing care, some help with basic foodstuffs and fuel, especially in the winter, when many families struggle to afford the wood used to fuel stoves for cooking and heating their homes against the bitterly cold Romanian winter.

The New Big Wheel

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Charity bike ride Sunday 7th June 2015

Supporting “Noreen’s Kids” helping children with special needs living in Romania and “Swings & Smiles” for families with special needs children.

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A choice of three cycle routes:

The very popular children’s ride covering 12 miles of quiet roads and tracks from Hungerford rugby club and back via Great Bedwyn and the canal.  Hot food will be served at the club afterwards.

The family route is longer at 26 miles but still gentle, taking in country roads and forest paths.  For the endurance junkies the off-road route is a challenging 32 miles of tracks over the top of Combe Hill - recommended for fit and experienced cyclists ony!

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Starting from Hungerford Rugby Club, the adult and endurance cycle routes meet up in Savernake Forest where cakes and juices will be served before the return journey to Hungerford Rugby Clube where hot food will be available.


Entry Fees

£15.00 for an individual and £12.50 per child under 15 and a family ticket at £40 for 2 adults and 2 children. Please be aware that the main aim of this event is to raise money for two very worthy causes so entrants are expected to raise sponsorship from friends, family, employers, co-workers, shops or local businesses. Please download a sponsorship form below with your entry form and we are very grateful for all the sponsorship funding you raise. Thank you.

To REGISTER please download an entry form AND SPONSORSHIP FROM here.


As the primary purpose of this ride is to raise funds then why not get sponsored by your friends, family and colleagues? 

You can download and print the form here to record your sponsors and there’s a brand new Mountain Bike for the person who raises the most sponsorship money!

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