Norwood gets the blues in recalling its orphanage

September 16, 2016

For Kitty Freund, 103, Sunday's blue plaque ceremony at the site of the former Norwood Orphanage was "an emotional experience".

Although not an orphan, Mrs Freund spent a number of years at the south London care facility where her aunt and uncle were respectively matron and headmaster.

She recalled living in its Arnold and Jane Gabriel Home for children aged five to eight.

"It was a lovel


'You have chosen to help other people,' says Marr

By Sandy Rashty, June 23, 2016

More than 800 guests raised a record £600,000 at the annual Norwood property lunch last Friday.

Guest speaker broadcaster Andrew Marr spoke about the importance of the "third sector", a term used by Prime Minister David Cameron to refer to voluntary organisations.

Praising the guests at the fundraiser, he added: "You are all busy, hardworking people who have chosen to put some time and some


Idea above their stations

April 21, 2016

Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson and son Max did not let the train take the strain as they walked both branches of the Northern line to raise at least £3,000 split between Norwood and the Israeli Guide Dog Centre for the Blind.

They covered 29 miles over two days, finishing up at High Barnet on Monday.

"We slept like logs after 17 miles on day one," Mr Johnson said.


Boxing very clever

March 3, 2016

David Baddiel added some comic punch to a boxing dinner in central London which raised £160,000 that Norwood and the Paskin Children's Trust will share.


Norwood impresses Boris - and raises £3.4m

By Josh Jackman, November 19, 2015

Boris Johnson has applauded Norwood's charitable work, describing it as an example of the difference between western values and those of the Islamic extremists who perpetrated the Paris terror attacks.

A record-breaking 1,350 guests attended the children and families charity's annual dinner at Grosvenor House in central London on Monday, raising £3.4 million.

Taking the platform following a


Bond dines out on her royal recollections

By Sandy Rashty, October 29, 2015

As the BBC's royal correspondent, Jennie Bond followed the British monarchy around the world for close on 15 years.

She made the Queen laugh, was scolded by Prince Philip and enjoyed a good relationship with Prince Charles and Princess Di.

So the veteran broadcaster was an apposite choice to address more than 230 guests at a women's lunch in Finchley in aid of Norwood, the one Jewish charity


High-tech apps give hope to disabled

By Simon Rocker, October 8, 2015

"Go Gabs, splat Mummy!" urges Pauline Bardon as her daughter takes aim with a custard pie.

Gabriella, her fair hair tied at the back, focuses hard, before landing a direct hit on the target - her mother.

It is just a virtual missile, though, projected at a photo on a computer screen. Gabriella may be playing a game, but it is one with a serious educational purpose.


Norwood is in 'distress' to the tune of £2 million

October 1, 2015

The £275,000 proceeds from Norwood's tenth distressed investing dinner took the total raised since the event's inception beyond the £2 million mark.

"We started with a small event and each year it's grown," said dinner committee member Neville Kahn.


Blair takes a charitable brief

September 17, 2015

Norwood's patron of children's services, Cherie Blair, helped to raise more than £25,000 for the cause by tackling some controversial topics at its young lawyers reception.

Sharing the stage with journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer at Investec's City offices, Mrs Blair warned of the impact of cuts to legal aid.