Sir Ranulph Fiennes helps to raise a record £552,000 at the Norwood’s Property Lunch

30 June 2014

Norwood's annual Property Lunch in partnership with Zoopla Property Group on Friday 27 June raised £552,000 for the charity, which supports vulnerable children and their families and adults with learning disabilities, at home, at school and throughout their lives.

The event, held at the Lancaster London Hotel, was attended by some 650 professionals from across the property, law and finance sectors. Guests were entertained with Sir Ranulph's tales of adventure in some of the most far flung and inhospitable parts of the planet.

Mark Pollack, Trustee and Co-Chair of Norwood's Property Committee said: "The property market has seen a fair amount of volatility over the last few years, and who knows more about ups and downs than the world's most famous mountaineer!"

"I'm proud to say that the property industry has shown great fortitude throughout and our guests have dug deep today raising a record sum for a very worthy cause".

Sir Ranulph talked about a life-time spent achieving the "impossible" and getting in and out of scrapes, including run ins with polar bears, frostbite and Alsatians. He spoke about the technological advances that have changed polar exploration, saying that up until 1994 the most sophisticated method of navigation in the Antarctic was still "using your own shadow".

Sir Ranulph also challenged the audience to take part in one of Norwood's international fundraising bike rides in Costa Rica or Nicaragua, saying: "Norwood's work to enable everyone to achieve their best is truly inspirational, I urge you to support them."

The lunch, in partnership with Zoopla Property Group, also featured the Norwood Property Lunch Awards. Commercial Deal of the Year was awarded to Camden Market Group, Residential Developer of the Year was awarded to Galliard Homes, H2SO won Investment Agent of the Year and John Burns from Derwent London won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The appeal speech was delivered by Lawrence Black, who lives at one of Norwood's residential home for adults with learning disabilities in Berkshire. Lawrence, who is a keen cyclist, explained to guests how the charity had helped him to lead a full and fulfilling life and achieve his dreams. The speech received a standing ovation.

The event was sponsored by Title Sponsors Zoopla Property Group, Lead Sponsors Derwent London, Galliard Homes and Savills, Guest Speaker Sponsor Patron Capital Partners, Event Sponsor Amlin and long-term Media Partner Property Week.

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