BBC creative director Alan Yentob was guest of honour at a West End cocktail party organised by Norwood to recognise the contribution of its younger supporters.
Young Norwood has grown steadily since its establishment 16 years ago and has raised £250,000 over the past year. Norwood chair Bernie Myers told the 100 guests: “Without your commitment and dedication, Norwood would not be able to function in the way the community expects and needs.”
They also heard from Michael Kuperberg, who was last year was supported by Norwood through paid employment at its deli in Hendon. “Norwood has been fantastic and I cannot thank them enough,” said Mr Kuperberg, who is in training for Norwood’s bike ride in Thailand. “They’ve given me a new lease of life and made me believe in myself.”
Mr Yentob spoke about his BBC career and the importance of innovation in all industries. He later praised
Norwood’s values and “the kind of nurturing” that gave those it helped fulfilling lives. “The way it has managed to bring a new generation of enthusiasts to carry the torch is a sign of the vitality of the organisation and I’m delighted to come along and wave the flag.”
Last week, Norwood announced the appointment of Yonni Abramson as the new YN patronage chair, as part of efforts to attract younger donors.
A partner at charity property specialist Third Sector, Mr Abramson became involved with Norwood after moving to London from Manchester five years ago. He has been a regular at Norwood events and a member of the YN property committee since 2009.
“I have always been impressed at how the young professional community in London recognises the importance of their contribution to the charity sector,” he said “It is vital that YN continues to help sustain Norwood’s vital services.”