London’s property glitterati break fundraising record at YN Property Awards

25 February 2015

While the Oscars after parties continued in Hollywood, London’s under-35 property elite were helping the charity Norwood hit new fundraising records at its annual YN Property Awards.

More than 650 investors, developers and property agents flocked to the Hilton Metropole for the YN Property Awards.

Norwood’s YN Property Awards Dinner saw unprecedented demand for tickets and raised £160,000 for the cause. Last night’s event was the biggest turn out the YN Property Awards Dinner has seen since it began nine years ago.

Guests were left in fits of laughter after a performance from controversial Canadian comic Katherine Ryan. At the end of her set she thanked the audience for supporting a "really, really great charity."

Norwood is a leading children’s, family and learning disability charity, providing services for almost 7,000 people, at home, at school and throughout their lives.

The winners were:

  • YN Property Consultant of the Year
    • Matt White of MATT Architecture
  • YN Property Rising Star of the Year
    • James Morris-Manuel of Virtual Walkthrough
  • YN Property Development of the Year
    • Ham Yard Hotel, Firmdale and AXA Real Estate
  • YN Property Deal of the Year
    • Purchase of the Gherkin, the Safra Group
  • YN Agent of the Year
    • Shaun Simons of Hatton Real Estate
  • YN Property Company of the Year
    • PPR Estates
  • Matt White of MATT Architecture
  • James Morris-Manuel of Virtual Walkthrough
  • Ham Yard Hotel, Firmdale and AXA Real Estate
  • Purchase of the Gherkin, the Safra Group
  • Shaun Simons of Hatton Real Estate
  • PPR Estates

Shaun Simons said "I was very honoured and delighted to win the award. It was great to be acknowledged for lots of hard work over the years, and I had a really good night!"

The appeal speech was delivered by Michael Kuperberg, who was supported by Norwood to find a job. He urged the audience to "dig deep" adding that every penny raised would make a huge difference to the lives of those who depend on the charity.