A Stanmore-based charity’s annual dinner surpassed the £1million mark for money raised over the past decade with its latest do.
The Norwood Private Equity Dinner, held on Tuesday, 15 May at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, and guests from the private equity industry and related sectors gathered to raise invaluable funds for Norwood charity – more than £200,000 was raised on the night.
Norwood provides a wide range of quality services, where there might otherwise be none, to people from the Jewish and wider community.
The chair of Norwood, Neville Kahn, says: “Corporate events such as this are really important for two reasons. First, we need to spread the word about the amazing work that Norwood does to give the people we support independence and choice in their lives; and second, we have to bridge the gap and raise some voluntary funds in enjoyable and exciting ways.”
The guests were treated to a powerful talk from investment strategist, TV personality and tech entrepreneur, Gemma Godfrey; entertainment from ventriloquist Nina Conti, who selected two people from the audience to fit with face masks and provide with often uncomfortable, but always hilarious, dialogue; and an emotional account of his relationship with Norwood from Michael Kuperberg, who works at the Sara’s Kitchen café in Norwood’s Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon, and lives in one of the charity’s supported living accommodations.
Michael – who has a learning disability and was “made to feel useless” in a previous job as a kitchen porter – spoke movingly about the effect Norwood has had on his life, telling the audience: “I wouldn’t be the person I am without Norwood. Without the love and respect they have shown me through their support, I would not have the confidence to stand here. Norwood is a second family to me and is a cause close to my and my mum’s hearts.”