Jewish Care fundraisers are celebrating a record £3.57 million pledged at the charity’s campaign dinner at Grosvenor House on Tuesday.
The generosity of the 900 guests delighted campaign chairman Steven Lewis, who said that “in such financially challenging times, the community’s ability to understand the importance of what we do and offer their overwhelming support is truly outstanding”. The previous record was last year’s £2.9 million.
At the dinner, Jewish Care president Lord Levy acknowledged the community’s “incredible support” for its work. He also praised the “spectacular job” done by Alison Goldberg, who had succeeded Dame Gail Ronson as chair of the dinner.
Veteran actor and director Lord Attenborough was guest speaker, telling his audience: “Perhaps I am Jewish by adoption.
“I admire so much the many battles that you [Jews] have fought, not only morally but physically.”
He recalled that his parents had taken in two Jewish sisters they had brought over from Berlin before the Kindertransports began. His mother had stressed “the love we have to find for two little girls who are without love. We must give them even more love than we are capable of giving you.”
Musical entertainment was supplied by former M People frontwoman Heather Small.