Jennie Bond helps raise over £50,000 at Norwood Ladies Lunch

16 October 2015

More than 230 guests joined former BBC Royal correspondent Jennie Bond at Finchley Synagogue to raise a record £50,000 for Norwood at its Ladies Lunch.

The generosity of donors will help the charity continue to deliver its life-changing services to vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and adults with learning disabilities.

The lunch, one of Norwood’s celebrations to mark its 200th anniversary of Royal Patronage, attracted its largest ever guest list, with speaker Jennie Bond giving the audience her insight into the life of the Royals.

Norwood is currently the only Jewish charity to have The Queen as its Patron. Jennie’s experiences from 14 years reporting on the Royal Family has given her a unique perspective on the impact Royal Patronage has on a charity – as well as a first-hand view of some of the most memorable events in British Royal history.

She told guests: "Norwood does great work and I am sure that is why you have the Queen as your Patron. It is impossible to put a value on Patronage such as that and …you are very lucky to have had a visit from the Queen as well as other members of the Royal Family."

Jennie related many amusing and interesting episodes from her travels including The Queen's first state visit to Russia where security was so high that when the BBC tried to interview the crowds in Red Square, not one person there was Russian.

"There were several people from Manchester though!" recalled Jennie.

"Wherever I have travelled with the Queen, the crowds turned out in force; she is global figure, instantly recognised and widely admired. Polls show 70 per cent of the population support the Monarchy…a politician would die for that kind of support. That popularity is largely due to The Queen…she is an incredible Ambassador for the UK."

Guests also heard from Ladies Lunch committee member and Norwood parent, Rina Steinberg, who spoke about the life-changing support the charity has given her family for more than 15 years, as her daughter graduated through the different services.

"Norwood has been a constant in our daughter’s life and in ours. It is like extended family because she wasn’t able to stay with her own relatives. I know that Norwood will always be there to support her. And this gives me great peace of mind going forward."

Katherine Isaacs, who co-chairs the Ladies Lunch committee with Jo Rosenthal, said: "Today’s lunch was a very special one for Norwood as it celebrates 200 years of Royal Patronage for the charity. This is an honour we feel truly proud to shout about, especially because Norwood is the only Jewish charity to have The Queen as its Patron.

"As for the Norwood family – and that’s how it feels to be part of this impressive charity – our aim is to continue our work for another 200 years, supporting 7,000 people in our community whatever their needs."