Father Wayne Chodosh hailed the ‘miraculous’ impact that Jewish charity Norwood has had on the life of his son Jake, who is supported by the charity, and his whole family, at the Norwood Private Equity Dinner, sponsored by Investec Private Bank, last night (Tuesday, 15 May).
The event, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, saw 350 guests from the private equity industry and related sectors enjoy a three-course meal and charity silent auction, comedy from Hugh Dennis, and hear Wayne give an emotional account of his relationship with Norwood.
Jake has severe autism and is non-verbal. He has lived with Norwood since the age of 19, despite Wayne initially saying he would only allow him to leave home “over my dead body”.
In conversation with Anthony Bellau, from the Norwood Private Equity Committee, Wayne made an impassioned plea to all parents of children with complex needs like Jake to consider making contact with a charity like Norwood for help, however daunting a step that might seem.
“I know parents from Jake’s special needs school who don’t always take the advice given to them because they don’t want to face up to the fact that their baby will be looked after by someone else,” he said. “So they don’t pick up the phone, because that’s really difficult. Now, five years later, those same parents are struggling big-time.”
Wayne also spoke about his and Jake’s “miraculous” cycling challenge in Israel last year with Norwood and how Jake is “flourishing” as an adult with Norwood.
Guests also heard from new Norwood Private Equity Committee Co-Chair Deborah Sayagh, who urged people to reflect on how much they do for charity.
“When asked if they feel they give enough for charity, most people respond ‘no’,” she said. “Tonight we have the opportunity to turn that no into a yes.”
Norwood’s Private Equity Dinner is just one of a full calendar of corporate events the charity runs every year. The next is the Norwood Property Lunch, to be held at a central London location on 29 June.
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Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities and autism.
Founded in 1795, Norwood is one of the UK’s oldest charities and the only Jewish charity to enjoy the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen.
It helps children and adults to maximise their potential at home, at school and throughout their lives, through personalised services designed to enable choice.
Each year Norwood needs £35m to keep its services running, £12m of which comes through voluntary donations. These services include a total of 55 residential, supported living and family centres across London and the South East.
Norwood currently runs eight charity shops across North and East London thanks to the support of 150 dedicated volunteers.