Osborne helps Norwood cash in

December 16, 2010

Chancellor George Osborne has added £26,000 to the Norwood budget - the proceeds from his appearance at a Young Norwood current affairs reception in London.

Interviewed by Times columnist Daniel Finkelstein, Mr Osborne defended the rise in tuition fees and gave his views on the coalition government, the bailout of the Irish economy and charity funding. More than 250 young people attended.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Osborne praised Norwood as "one of the best charities I've come across in Britain. I think it does an absolutely brilliant job for all sorts of people who need help."


Chancellor George Osborne at Norwood event

By Jennifer Lipman, December 10, 2010
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Following the tuition fees vote George Osborne addresses guests at a Norwood panel event.

The evening raised £26,000 for the charity.


Wheely good Norwood idea

December 2, 2010

Participants in Norwood's Israel bike ride included a resident from Ravenswood, the charity's Berkshire community for adults with learning disabilities.

Martin Weiss, 45, cycled in tandem with Joel Mishcon, 33, director of a television production company. Mr Weiss, who has Down's syndrome, said: "I got to visit lots of different countries and meet lots of new people. I love cycling, it is good fun."


A large crowd raises £3.3m for Norwood's services

November 23, 2010

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was the guest speaker at Norwood’s annual fundraising dinner. She told the 1,300-strong audience about her recent visit to Norwood services in Hendon. "Being at Norwood filled my heart and restored my faith in human nature," she said. The event, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, raised £3.3 million for the charity.

Photos: Mark Moody and Isaac Strang



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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.