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.


They've saved us £2 million - nineties star Muriel leads volunteering heroes

September 17, 2015

A woman in her 90s who has volunteered in Norwood's finance department for 23 years received a lifetime accolade at the charity's volunteer awards for those who have been inspirational ambassadors.

Presenting the award to Muriel Kauffer at the central London ceremony, judging panel chair Rachael Davis Stollar said: "Muriel is one of our most respected and admired volunteers.


Norwood celebrates its royal double century of patronage

May 7, 2015

Two hundred years ago, Norwood's earliest incarnation, the Jews' Hospital, became the first Jewish charity to have a royal patron.


Norwood seeks help in fighting the '10 plagues'

March 26, 2015

Offering a modern slant on the Pesach story, Norwood has listed the "10 plagues" which the charity has to deal with - discrimination, exclusion, financial hardship, family breakdown, unemployment, addiction, bullying, self-harm, mental health, and loss and bereavement.

The list is part of the charity's Pesach appeal, which highlights the scope of its services for almost 7,000 clients.This inclu


Housing deal will secure the future of Ravenswood

By Barry Toberman, March 19, 2015

Norwood has revealed plans to ensure the long-term future of its Ravenswood village for the learning disabled through both a sale of land on the site for housing and the rebuilding of residents' properties.

Ten companies have entered bids for a housing development - including an element of social housing - on around 10 acres of the site in Crowthorne, Berkshire.


Richard Desmond to step down as Norwood president

By Barry Toberman, February 24, 2015

Richard Desmond is to stand down as president of Norwood at the end of March after more than eight years in the role.

The children and families charity has grown significantly during Mr Desmond’s tenure and now supports 7,000 people.

He has also been instrumental in Norwood fundraising and engaging celebrities and politicians in its work.


Norwood's outstanding nursery

February 19, 2015

Norwood's nursery based at the Kennedy Leigh Centre in Hendon has been graded outstanding in all aspects by Ofsted inspectors.

They found excellent opportunities for playing and learning, effective leadership and "welcoming and caring staff" who promoted partnership with parents.


Sporting chance

January 15, 2015

Norwood's inclusive sports programme, Change the Game, has been boosted by a £121,000 grant from City of London Corporation charity the City Bridge Trust.

Change the Game offers sporting activities for those with learning disabilities.

The grant will be used to deliver the final stages of the programme, helping participants to pursue sports at an elite level.


Pryce is right for Norwood debate

December 4, 2014

Economist Vicky Pryce and solicitor Nick "Mr Loophole" Freeman discussed "Are celebrities above the law?" at a Young Norwood legal event.

Speaking about the case of Ms Pryce - who was convicted for accepting driving penalty points on her licence for then husband and government minister Chris Huhne - Mr Freeman argued that if she had not been in the public eye, "she would have been prosecuted by