The early years

The early years

As Patrons of Norwood, the Royal Family’s support over the last two centuries has been a central pillar to the charity’s reputation, and a positive impact on the community we serve, as well as our ambitions to sustain our work for those in need.

In the early years of patronage, the Duke of Sussex attended almost every fundraising dinner and regularly visited The Jews’ Hospital. His enthusiastic and vocal support of the charity’s “beneficial effects” and “gratifying administration” was an important testimonial to potential benefactors. After the Duke’s death in 1843, the Duke of Cambridge took over the patronage taking an equally prominent role.

Later in the century, Prince George, the 2nd Duke of Cambridge, was another supporter. In 1897, London dignitaries joined the leaders of the Jewish community, as well as the charity’s trustees, staff and children to watch the Duke open Norwood’s Centenary Hall and new wing. He said his presence was a sign of the “long, continued, interest” his family had for this “useful institution”.

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19th century newspaper cuttings from previous Royal visits to our Festival Dinners and to Norwood.