Norwood

Norwood's blue moment

By Simon Rocker, November 22, 2010

A great time was had by all 1,300 guests at the Norwood dinner on Monday – one of Anglo-Jewry's largest fundraising parties. But one number sung by Simon Webbe, former heartthrob of boyband Blue, was not the most obvious choice for a Jewish family charity: Sex on Fire by the Kings of Leon.

The lyrics allude to various amorous feats performed while driving a car. Still, the audience had no problem clapping and singing along, although Mr Webbe did look momentarily uncomfortable, not surprisingly since he was standing right next to the Chief Rabbi's table.

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Fergie and Simon Cowell relish their starring roles

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2010

The stars came out for Norwood with Simon Cowell, the Duchess of York, Sir Philip Green, Theo Paphitis and Vanessa Feltz among the dinner guests.Simon Cowell - a close friend of Norwood president Richard Desmond - good naturedly responded to the many requests for photos. And he left fans in no doubt of his pride in his Jewish heritage.

"I've been coming to the Norwood dinners for many years now," he told the JC. "I can never say no when Richard asks me.

"This night is something very special. In times like these, charities do need our help more than before. Everyone's asking for more."

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Simon Cowell, Kate Garraway help raise £3.3m for Norwood

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2010

Norwood supporters responded to the charity's financial crisis by turning out in numbers for Monday's annual dinner, raising £3.3 million.

The proceeds were £600,000 up on last year, leaving the welfare charity £400,000 short of the additional
£1 million needed from the community. This is part of a £4 million cost-cutting package to cover slashed statutory services income. The remainder is being achieved by pay cuts for front-line care staff and head office redundancies. Savings were also made on the dinner itself.

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Simon Cowell talks X Factor at the Norwood dinner

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2010
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Simon Cowell makes a humorous plea for donations at the annual Norwood dinner in central London, and even finds the time to publicise his X Factor choice.

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Virtually at Norwood

By Robyn Rosen, November 11, 2010

Norwood will digitise its annual dinner next week in an attempt to reach the entire community.

The event, held on Monday, will be available on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. More than 1,300 guests, including Simon Cowell and Sarah, Duchess of York, will attend the event.

Viewers can watch chief executive Norma Brier who will appeal to digital participants to raise an extra £1 million.

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Honeymooners join Kenyan charity cycle

November 4, 2010

Norwood's money-spinning Kenyan bike ride was very much a family affair.

Some £400,000 was raised by the 120 cyclists, who included four husbands and wives, four fathers and sons, supporters from Brazil and America and users of Norwood services.

Ariella and Jeremie Dreyfuss, who married last year, used the 400 kilometre ride as a delayed honeymoon.

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Norwood's £100k Rosh Hashanah target

September 16, 2010

A 33-year-old man with learning disabilities has been the focus of Norwood's New Year appeal, which has a £100,000 target.

Through the charity's support, Ben Silver has acquired new skills which are helping him to lead a more independent life.

Mr Silver struggles to communicate and has difficulty understanding social boundaries. He lives in Norwood accommodation in Stanmore and enjoys music therapy sessions, fitness and dance classes and Jewish cultural workshops. He works at The Deli at Norwood's Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon.

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Lottery cash for Norwood

August 19, 2010

A £10,000 Big Lottery Fund award to Norwood will help people with learning disabilities to acquire new domestic and work skills.

Norwood's supported employment service is piloting a scheme involving hand-held personal digital assistant devices (PDAs).

The aim is to assist clients to perform daily tasks such as tea-making, running a bath, using a photocopier or operating a DVD player.

The PDA will gradually remove steps from a pre-programmed sequence to the point where the person can perform the task from memory.

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Caring for Herts

August 12, 2010

To meet the needs of the growing Hertfordshire Jewish community, Norwood's family support service is branching out into Elstree.

Although social workers and other staff at the charity's Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon already assist many Herts families, a Wednesday morning service will be available at Allum Lane Community Centre from October.

Family support service manager Eileen Martell said Norwood was "committed to providing a safety net to the children and families in the community who need it most.

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Desmond: Channel Five and Jewish faith

By Rob Lyons, July 29, 2010

Media mogul Richard Desmond, who has just bought Channel Five, said this week that he retained a strong commitment to the Jewish community.

The 59-year-old billionaire owner of the Daily Express, Daily Star and OK! Magazine - who is famously hands-on with his titles and not afraid of giving its editors a dressing-down - told the JC that, despite the huge task ahead in making the broadcaster profitable, it will not affect his dedication to the Jewish charity Norwood, of which he is president.

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