Charity

Avril Mills grants terminally ill children some magical wishes

By Candice Krieger, June 12, 2008

Former actress Avril Mills has launched a charity to grant wishes for terminally ill children. The Dream Factory was set up by Miss Mills in memory of her son Oliver, who died from leukaemia in 1999, aged nine.

Founded earlier this year, the charity also grants wishes for young adults and people with severe disabilities.  This week, it launched its website: www.yourdreamfactory.org, to coincide with what would have been Oliver’s birthday. He would have turned 18 today.

More..

Charity gets Hope

June 12, 2008

The North-West London-based Hope charity, supporting children with special educational needs, is the latest addition to Norwood’s umbrella of children and family services.

Hope’s Centre for Cognitive Education was opened in 1996 by British parents of special needs youngsters who had been helped by Professor Reuven Feuerstein’s Jerusalem institute.

As part of the merger, Hope trustees’ chair Harry Simmonds will join Norwood’s corporate services committee, and fundraising chair Ian Fagelson will become a Norwood trustee.

More..

Huge donations for Jewish Child's Day

June 12, 2008

More than £75,000 was raised from the annual dinner and cabaret of JCD (Jewish Child’s Day) at the Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel. Entertainment for the 200 guests was provided by the Bee Gees Experience and auction prizes included a New York holiday.

More..

Strong turnout for Ruislip supper quiz

June 12, 2008

Eighty people contested Ruislip Synagogue’s annual supper quiz, raising around £500 to be split between the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women and shul funds. Eric Pepper was quizmaster.

More..

Jewish Care staff learn to relax

June 12, 2008
Staff at Jewish Care’s head office enjoyed neck, back, shoulders and arms massage from visiting therapists as part of the national Learning at Work day. “We’ve had excellent feedback,” said the charity’s Sharon Rose. “Everyone found it very relaxing and we have planned further sessions.”

More..

Jewish pupils see Red

June 12, 2008

School assemblies were a sea of red last week when local Jewish pupils participated in Manchester Jewish Federation’s annual Red Fed Day. On the day children and young people are encouraged to bring in £1 for The Fed and to come to school wearing something red. Marketing officer Joyce Khan explained that Fed staff attended school assemblies to tell children about the charity’s work.

More..

Hebrew U donors protest at charges

By Simon Rocker, June 5, 2008

Donors have voiced concern at a British Friends of the Hebrew University policy of deducting administration charges from endowment funds. The policy is the subject of complaints made by a former trustee and reported by the Jewish Chronicle.

One prospective contributor, Deborah Pulvernis, of London, wrote in a letter to the JC: “My late great-aunt, father, and cousin, left substantial restricted endowments to BFHU, who gave them assurances at the time that 100 per cent of their monies would go to the university with no running costs deducted.

More..

Fury at a fundraiser for 'racist radio'

By Dana Gloger, June 5, 2008

A charity event in South London next month to raise money for a Polish radio station widely regarded as antisemitic has sparked anger.

Staunchly religious Radio Maryja, which describes itself as a “Catholic voice in your home”, is Poland’s most popular radio station, attracting around a million listeners daily.

It was set up in 1991 by Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, 63, a priest often accused of being antisemitic. In 2005, he urged listeners to vote for the right-wing Law and Justice party.

More..

Volunteers get a big thank-you

By Craig Silver, June 5, 2008

As communal charities staged “thank-you” events for their armies of unpaid helpers to mark National Volunteers’ Week, Gordon Brown’s independent champion of volunteers, Baroness Neuberger, observed that Jewish charities “could not survive” without them.

“We see some superb practice in supporting, training, thanking and celebrating volunteers in the Jewish world,” she told the JC.

More..

String quartet entertains Lauderdale House

June 5, 2008

There was a sell-out audience at Lauderdale House for a performance by John Babbs and the Helikon String Quartet, with operatic contributions by Anna Koukoullis, organised by the North London NACC committee. The event realised over £1,000 towards research into Crohn’s and colitis and equipment for the Whittington Hospital.

More..