Norwood

Marco Pierre rustles up a £77,000 Norwood breakfast

By Ben Jaglom, February 18, 2009

Marco Pierre White spiced up a Norwood business breakfast last Friday with some colourful anecdotes and a few trenchant opinions on fellow celebrity chefs.

Speaking about Gordon Ramsay, he opined: “If Gordon was made of chocolate he would eat himself.” However, he would quite happily be marooned with Heston Blumenthal. “As well as being a very intelligent man who could provide me with excellent conversation, I would get 18 courses every night for dinner.”

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Herts gym fixes it for Norwood

February 5, 2009

Participants in Norwood’s international challenges this year are being helped in their preparation by the promise of free gym membership.

The offer has been made by the Village Health Club in Elstree and will run until the start of the individual’s challenge.

“These events raise money for a marvellous cause and we are delighted to add our support,” said Village Hotels and Leisure director Michael Bibring.

“You will be fit for the challenge and will save plenty of money on the way that you can always use to top up your sponsorship.”

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Norwood's £33m man

January 14, 2009

BDO Stoy Hayward partner Andrew Viner is Norwood’s new treasurer, overseeing a recession-trimmed £33 million budget. He succeeds Russell Tenzer, who held the post for 13 years.

Mr Viner, 38, will operate alongside the charity’s corporate services director, Philip Bunt, and chair Norwood’s corporate services committee.

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Norwood’s big spend

December 30, 2008

How Norwood spent £35 million in the financial year to March 2008 is detailed in the welfare charity’s newly released annual review.

The vast majority — £31.68 million — went on running its services. The remainder was used for raising funds (£2.58 million) and management (£742,000).

Over £15 million was spent on providing adult services at the Ravenswood Village in Berkshire, close on £8 million on learning disability support in London, £6 million on special education services, £2.28 million on children and family provision and £470,000 on fostering and adoption.

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Queen delights residents at Ravenswood

By Leon Symons, December 18, 2008

There were cheers from flag-waving staff and residents as the Queen made her first visit to Norwood’s Ravenswood village in Berkshire to open a new facility last Thursday.

The Queen, Norwood’s royal patron, spent an hour touring The Precinct, which houses a number of therapy workshops, before opening the Pamela Barnett Centre, a £3 million home for 16 adults with profound learning disabilities.

Among the first people the Queen met were Peter Girvin, Laurence Black, Stephen Treisman and Jackie Andresier, who were cycling gold medallists at the national Special Olympics.

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Queen to open new Ravenswood facility

By Candice Krieger, November 20, 2008

The Queen is to visit Norwood's Ravenswood village for people with learning disabilities next month.

Norwood president Richard Desmond told the charity's annual dinner at Grosvenor House on Monday that The Queen would tour the Berkshire facility on December 11.

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Young Norwood attracts legal aid

August 22, 2008

A new brief for London lawyer Rachael Davis is the co-chairmanship of Young Norwood.

The 26-year-old restructuring and insolvency specialist with Olswang began her involvement with the charity two years ago through the Young Norwood lawyers' committee, which she went on to co-chair.

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Norwood chief probes health minister

August 14, 2008

Norwood chief executive Norma Brier pressed Health Minister Ivan Lewis over funding concerns when he toured the charity's facilities in Hendon and Finchley on Tuesday.

Mrs Brier highlighted the problem of attracting sufficient local authority support to cover those in need of Norwood's services. She said afterwards: "We are delighted that the minister has recognised the importance of what Norwood is doing to assist people with learning difficulties to lead more fulfilling lives."

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Mark Pollack through to second Backgammon Series qualifier

July 24, 2008

Mark Pollack has won the second qualifier in Norwood's Backgammon Series, sponsored by the Pears Foundation, finishing ahead of Roxanna Maynard and Michael Flesch. The previous tournament raised £80,000 for the children and family-services charity, and qualifiers are continuing for the next grand final.

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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.

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