Apprentice star helps raise £390,000 at Property Lunch

24 June 2013

Once again, the response of the property industry has been truly overwhelming as this event continues to grow and prosper. Karren Brady proved to be a highly entertaining guest speaker and the event was a resounding success raising £390,000 for Norwood thanks to the magnificent support of principal sponsors together with the generosity of the 600 assembled guests.

Norwood’s annual Property Lunch held at the Lancaster London Hotel on Friday 21 June raised £390,000 for the charity that raises money to make life changing differences to vulnerable children, families and people with learning disabilities.

Sponsored by Amlin, Cowell Group, Derwent London, Savills and media sponsor Property Week, the highly prestigious event was attended by a record 600 professionals from some of the UK’s leading businesses, including law firms, property developers and financial services organisations.

A highlight of the event was CNBC television presenter Tania Bryer’s interview with Karren Brady, a leading business figure and star of BBC1’s The Apprentice. Karren spoke about The Apprentice and what it's like to work with Lord Alan Sugar, her own successes and the sacrifices that she’s had to make to achieve that success in a male dominated world of business. She also spoke passionately about managing the demands of a football club such as West Ham United FC where she has been Vice Chairman since January 2010. She commented, "We’ll be moving into the Olympic Stadium in 2016 which is going to be converted to a world class football venue." She also went on to say, "Yes we do football, but we also have a really important part to play in our community. We really believe in the local projects that we have. We will deliver the legacy (Olympic) that the stadium has promised."

The event also featured the annual Norwood Property Awards sponsored by Jones Lang Lasalle which recognises excellence and achievement within the industry. Award winners this year were Daniel Van Gelder of Exemplar for Residential Deal of the year, Philippe Bijaoui of IHG for Commercial Deal of the Year and Peter Freeman of Argent received the Outstanding Achievement Award.

This year’s appeal was made by Rosanna Pearson, whose sister Natasha is supported by Norwood’s special education service, Hope. Following a short film, Rosanna spoke emotively about how Norwood has and continues to assist her sister to live a fulfilling life.

Mark Pollack, Trustee and Co-Chair of the Norwood Property Lunch Committee, said, "Once again, the response of the property industry has been truly overwhelming as this event continues to grow and prosper. Karren Brady proved to be a highly entertaining guest speaker and the event was a resounding success raising £390,000 for Norwood thanks to the magnificent support of principal sponsors together with the generosity of the 600 assembled guests."

Adele Breslauer, Associate Director of Fundraising commented, "The Property industry has always been particularly generous towards Norwood and we remain hopeful each year to see an increase in all our activities. Whilst holding level business is a challenge, it is a reflection of the times that this is increasingly difficult and we still need generous support to run our services."

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