Hospice helper nears £250,000 goal

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2013

A Hampstead grandmother is closing in on a £250,000 fundraising goal for the North London Hospice after a 20-year campaign.

Helen Bloom, 75, was originally inspired to support the hospice in appreciation of the care it provided to her late uncle Leslie Joseph before his death from cancer.


Students' standing start

By Anna Sheinman, September 30, 2013

Thirteen pre-university students have returned from a week-long intensive programme in Israel designed to make them better campus advocates for the country.


Oliver Sapier is the wheel thing

By John Fisher, September 30, 2013

As a thank you to a high dependency unit at Leeds Children’s Hospital, a 16-year-old with a rare stomach and bowel condition raised over £4,000 from a 100-kilometre charity cycle.

Leeds Grammar pupil Oliver Sapier spent much of his early life in hospital being fed through a machine. He suffered five bouts of septicaemia and underwent around 40 operations.


UK Jewish charities raising thousands for Syrians

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2013

Jewish charities in the UK have raised thousands of pounds to support Syrians fleeing the country’s civil war.


WJR raises £100,000 for Syrian refugees

By Sandy Rashty, September 23, 2013

A UK-based Jewish charity has raised £100,000 for Syrian refugees.

World Jewish Relief, which launched the emergency appeal two weeks ago, said the donations included £50,000 from the Pears Foundation.


What it means when your doctor says . . . . please be a jeans genius

September 18, 2013

Jeans for Genes Day takes place on Friday September 20; the simple initiative invites people to wear their jeans to work or school (probably not to shul though) in return for a donation. The vital funding from the day provides care and support of children with genetic disorders. This year, 23 charities will benefit from the funding including Jewish Genetic Disorders UK.


Norwood's special haul

By Sandy Rashty, September 16, 2013

Norwood and Ravenswood service users triumphed at the Special Olympics GB in Bath, achieving a 19-medal haul.

The 16 men and one woman ranged in age from 25 to 60 and participated in events from the long jump to the 400m sprint. Family and friends turned out to support them.


Chance encounter aids E-Buddy drive

By Sandy Rashty, September 16, 2013

Norwood has partnered with a leading law firm on a volunteering and specialist support initiative.
The link-up with City solicitors Clifford Chance has launched the E-buddy programme, designed to get vulnerable adults and corporate employees talking via email.


Third Leeds care boss quits

By John Fisher, September 16, 2013

The three major Leeds Jewish welfare organisations are seeking new chief executives following the sudden resignation “for personal reasons” of Carol Whitehead, CEO of the Donisthorpe Hall residential home.


Camp Simcha sees benefits of advisory role

September 16, 2013

Parents with a sick child can now seek assistance from a Jewish charity in accessing the benefits they are entitled to.

Camp Simcha — supporting children with serious illness and their families — now has a benefits adviser, Anne Shine. Another addition to its operations is a tutoring service for children facing interrupted schooling because of their illness.