Civil liberties champion Baroness Helena Kennedy was the keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner for the Jewish Council for Racial Equality. She praised the charity's work in combating racism and assisting refugees and asylum seekers when she addressed the 100 guests. The event, held at Ivy House, north London, raised £30,000 for the charity's work.
The former South African president was the guest speaker at the Anne Frank Trust Holocaust Memorial Day lunch at the Hilton Park Lane. F W de Klerk received a standing ovation from the 630 diners for a speech in which he praised Nelson Mandela and spoke about how even the most intractable of conflicts can be resolved by peaceful means. The lunch raised £275,000 for the work of the Anne Frank Trust.
A capacity crowd of 900 people raised £1 million towards the development of Camp Simcha's services at a gala dinner for the charity. The dinner, held at Old Billingsgate in central London, showcased the charity's services to improve the quality of life of children throughout the UK with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. The event was sponsored by Extreme World Races.
The Deputy Prime Minister was the guest speaker at Jewish Care's Business Breakfast. He spoke to the 270-strong audience at the Mansion House about the economic, social and political challenges that the Government faces. He went on to praise the work done by Jewish Care. "It is inspiring to hear how so many Jewish Care volunteers and staff are helping people in a way that puts their community and their wishes front and centre." The event raised £50,000 for Jewish Care.
Award winning author Howard Jacobson was the guest speaker at the World Jewish Relief Manchester annual dinner. The author shared humorous tales about growing up in Manchester and spoke about his joy at winning the Man Booker Prize last year for his novel The Finkler Question. He also spoke to the 160 guests at the Lowry Hotel about the "humbling importance" of WJR's work in the community. The event raised £80,000 to help WJR fund the new Kharkov Welfare and Community Centre which will open in March.
Chai Cancer Care celebrated its 20th anniversary at a Twenty Years of Light dinner. Event hosts Angela and Stephen Rubin welcomed 400 guests to the milestone event at the Grosvenor Hotel in central London. The dinner raised £750,000 towards accommodation for Chai’s medical rehabilitation and palliative care outpatient service at the charity’s Hendon Centre.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, was interviewed by Daniel Finkelstein, executive editor at The Times on a wide range of topics before the floor was thrown open to questions from the 250 people at the Young Norwood current affairs reception. The networking event, sponsored by Investec Specialist Private Bank, was held at the London offices of Norton Rose. The evening raised £26,000 for Norwood’s support work for children and families in need.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Lord Trimble was the guest speaker at the Manchester UJIA annual dinner. More than 300 people from across the north west braved freezing temperatures to attend the event at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel. The evening raised £700,000 towards UJIA's programmes for young people and education in the UK and northern Israel.
Around 200 people were attracted to the annual legal dinner of the British Friends of the Hebrew University. The keynote speaker was Lord Neuberger who spoke about his recent visit to the Jerusalem university. Guest speaker Advocate Sharon Sionov from the university’s Israel Justice Centre spoke about the law clinics that it runs for deprived members of Israeli society. The event was held at Middle Temple Hall in central London.