Tory leader opens new Norwood unit

By James Martin, July 2, 2009

David Cameron praised Norwood’s Ravenswood Village as “a fabulous demonstration of social responsibility in action” as he officially opened a new residential building at the Berkshire facility, which is providing specialist support for adults with severe autism.

Eighty guests watched the Tory leader unveil a plaque at the £2.4 million Tager Centre. They included major donors Romie Tager and his sister Helen Tager-Flusberg, who spoke about their family ties to Ravenswood, which was co-founded by their late parents.


High property values

June 25, 2009

Norwood’s 10th annual property lunch was a big seller, raising £355,000 from the 500 guests to help people with learning and social difficulties.

Held at the Intercontinental Hyde Park, the lunch attracted leading players such as Gerald Ronson, who presented a lifetime achievement award to Sir Stuart Lipton, whose knighthood recognised contributions to London’s landscape.

Reflecting on the current economic climate, Sir Stuart was grateful to “planners who delayed consent. I’m lucky not to be building anything this year, though I do miss it.”


Cherie praises Norwood nursery

By Ben Jaglom, April 30, 2009

Opening Norwood’s first nursery on Monday, Cherie Blair told the assembled VIPs that it offered “some of the best possible education and inclusion for our children available anywhere”.

Mrs Blair, Norwood’s patron of children’s services, said: “In Britain every child matters. Here we have an example of not just that statement but of real action.

“This nursery shows the importance of giving children not only the best possible start in life, but an educational programme that will make them feel included in the wider society.”


Norwood at most appealing as it highlights family help

April 2, 2009

How Norwood has helped boys with severe autism and learning disabilities and their families is showcased in the charity’s direct mail Pesach appeal, which has a £90,000 target.

Daniel, Mark and Paul are eight-year-old triplets. Mark and Paul were diagnosed four years ago. Their parents now rely on the one weekend a month the boys stay at Norwood respite care home Buckets & Spades Lodge for a break and the chance to spend time with their other children.


Sussex home joining Norwood

March 26, 2009

Brighton care organisation Sussex Tikvah is to come under Norwood’s aegis following approval of the move at an EGM on Sunday.

Sussex Tikvah operates Rachel Mazzier House, which is home to six adults with moderate learning disabilities.


Dragon soothed by his Jewish wife

By Ben Jaglom, February 19, 2009

Dragons’ Den panel member Theo Paphitis felt at home when addressing a sell-out audience of 240 at a Young Norwood fundraiser in Central London last week.

Interviewed before a question and answer session, the entrepreneur revealed: “My wife is a nice Jewish girl and I have always found Jewish and Greek cultures to be very similar. You have to remember that Cyprus is literally a stone’s throw from Israel. We eat similar foods, look similiar and have a Mediterranean culture.”


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.”


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.”


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.


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.