Charity

Hatzolah man stabbed

By Dana Gloger, May 1, 2008

A volunteer for Hatzolah, the Charedi volunteer rescue and emergency service, was stabbed in his car in North West London last week.

Zvi Hammond was still in hospital at the time of going to press, but his wife Tamara said his recovery was “going in the right direction, but I don’t know yet when he will be out of hospital”.

She explained: “He was not on duty at the time it happened, he had just been to the shops for me. It’s been quite a shock, as it would be for anyone.”

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WJR raises £200,000 for Darfur

May 1, 2008

World Jewish Relief’s Darfur emergency appeal has raised over £200,000 in its first year, benefiting 30,000 women, children and elderly refugees.

The London-based humanitarian charity launched the appeal believing that the community would identify with a cause “that resonates so closely with our own horrific past”.

Major donations account for about one-third of the cash and the appeal has received a steady stream of small contributions. Schools and synagogues have also held fundraisers.

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Charity moving

April 24, 2008

Staff and volunteers from Jewish Care’s Golders Green head office, Stuart Young House, will decamp temporarily to Colindale early next month to enable work to start on a £40 million multi-purpose care campus.

This incorporates a 54-bed care home, 45 “extra care” supported living apartments, a day centre and the charity’s offices. Building work is expected to take two-and-a-half years.

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Pampered Chef event helps World Jewish Relief

April 24, 2008

Nicki Marks raised £1,500 for World Jewish Relief by hosting a Pampered Chef event — a “show and tell” method of selling kitchen products. Fifty women joined her and a Pampered Chef consultant for a cooking demonstration, lunch and a raffle. WJR fundraising head Paul Stein, who also attended, commended the host on “an original event which epitomises some of the objectives of the WJR’s new initiative, The Big Hand”.

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Wizo to cash in

April 24, 2008

Wizo expects to have 1,500 volunteers making door-to-door collections for next month’s Jewish Women’s Week campaign. The apposite theme for this year is “Help us open doors,” a reference to the opportunities the charity can provide for disadvantaged children in Israel. Over 50,000 young people aged from six months to 18 years benefit from its projects. Wizo will be hoping to exceed the £270,000 total in 2007, itself a six per cent rise on the previous year.

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The Fed swears by Geldof

April 17, 2008

Sir Bob Geldof used his legendary fundraising kills to profitable effect for The Fed — Manchester Jewry’s leading social-care charity — last Thursday.

The humanitarian champion and Live Aid front man was guest speaker at The Fed’s dinner at the Sheridan Suite, Eastlands, drawing a sell-out crowd of over 600, including a number of new Fed supporters.

Speaking without notes, Sir Bob entertained his audience with a 45-minute address containing only a small number of his trademark expletives.

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Laniado's Haggadah is in big demand

April 17, 2008

Over £10,000 has been raised for Netanya’s Laniado Hospital from sales of the Laniado Haggadah by its UK support group and specialist bookshops.

Sponsored by Nicole and Yoyo Allalouf, the Haggadah includes illustrations by young Laniado patients.

More than 450 copies have been purchased, with an order for 50 placed by Merrill Lynch vice-president Victor Polak, who said: “It is a great honour to assist in this project for a special hospital like Laniado, serving all faiths and races.”

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Mayor leaps into action

By Jodie Mablin, April 17, 2008

Councillor Louise Hyams is heading for a fall when she becomes Lord Mayor of Westminster next month.

In support of her mayoral charity, For Dementia, the 56-year-old grandmother is planning a sponsored parachute jump.

“The charity promotes Admiral nurses, who are specialists in dementia care, and helps to support families and carers,” Councillor Hyams told the JC. “My mother has dementia so I know first-hand how difficult it can be.”

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Norwood challenges the sporty

April 17, 2008

Norwood has launched a new programme of Challenges which the children and family charity hopes will generate more than the £1.3 million raised from the 2007 events.

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Gift giving helps the less fortunate

April 17, 2008

Over 300 community members brought boxes and bags of chametz to a North-West London drop-off point on Sunday for the annual collection of the Gift charity.

Wines, biscuits, cakes, pasta and cereal were among the 3,000kg of produce donated. The food will be stored, sold through the London Beth Din and distributed to local families and disadvantaged Jewish communities abroad after the festival.

The Hasmonean, North-West London and Nancy Reuben primary schools were involved in the collection. More than 60 young volunteers, some as young as six, helped fill the boxes.

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