Folkie helps Norwood to the tune of £20,000

Folk singer Newton Faulkner gave fans more than a musical performance at a Norwood networking event.

He also took questions from Radio 1 DJ Natalie Jamieson and an audience of 200 young professionals, who further enjoyed cocktails and canapés in the colourful surrounds of the London Film Museum.

The Brit Award nominee, best known for the song Dream Catch Me, revealed that his music was inspired by his "brother's sad love life". Other topics ranged from his feelings on X Factor - "it's a tricky one" - to the upside of illegal music downloading, which was that more people had access to different types of music.

Faulkner added that he was delighted to be supporting Norwood. "They do lots of amazing things. I hope people come to more events like this. We are here for a reason.

"Tonight has been wicked and I've really enjoyed it."

He said he would like the opportunity to see Norwood's work for himself. "I gravitate towards these sorts of charities."

The event - the second Unplugged evening organised by Young Norwood's Media committee - raised £20,000. The auction of a private box for 15 to see comedian Alan Carr at the 02 Arena fetched £1,000.

YN Media committee chair Lisa Mandell thanked Faulkner for his support. "We have been able to raise a huge sum for people with learning disabilities and children and families in need who rely on the services provided by this incredible organisation."

Last updated: 11:41am, October 11 2011