Richard Desmond to step down as Norwood’s President24 February 2015Press Release Norwood, the leading Jewish charity supporting vulnerable children, families and people with learning disabilities, has announced today that Richard Desmond is to stand down as President at the end of March after over eight years in the role. During Richard’s tenure, Norwood has grown significantly and now supports 7000 service users each year. The period has also seen Norwood launching new services such as HOPE and Drugsline, widening the charity’s reach to more children and young people than ever before. Richard has played a leading role in Norwood’s fundraising efforts, resulting in increased and sustained income, engaging many celebrities, civic dignitaries and peers with the charity’s work. The RD Crusaders WorkHub – named after and launched by the band in which Richard plays with Roger Daltrey of The Who – started in 2010 and continues to provide employment programmes to ensure that people with learning disabilities have the best opportunity to obtain paid work. David Ereira, Chairman of Norwood, commented: "Norwood’s growth and development over the last decade owes a great deal to Richard. Our trustees, staff and service users are extremely grateful for his many years of tireless efforts on their behalf, and we look forward to him continuing as a well-loved friend of Norwood for many years to come." Richard Desmond added: "My connection with Norwood dates back to my youth and I’ve been particularly honoured to serve the charity as its President since 2006. I’ve seen first-hand how Norwood transforms people’s lives, young and old, and how its efforts can truly capture the imagination. I wish all the hard-working staff and trustees the very best for the future and have no doubt I’ll continue to stay connected."