Record total raised at Norwood’s Property Lunch

20 June 2016

Norwood welcomed more than 800 guests to its Property Lunch on Friday, raising a record £600,000 for the charity. The lunch, which is the UK property industry’s leading charity networking event, was held at the Park Lane Hilton and sponsored by Derwent London, Galliard Homes, Savills and Jones Lang Lasalle, with Property Week as media partner. It ended with an exclusive audience with broadcaster Andrew Marr.

The money raised will help the charity to support vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and adults with learning disabilities.

Andrew Marr began his speech with a moving tribute to Jo Cox MP. He then argued that the EU debate has bought out an uglier side to politics, saying: "We have turned into two tribes, jabbing the finger, shouting abuse at each other."

He added: "We are all one people, we should stop this argument, we should relax a little bit and we should pull back a little bit."

He praised guests, saying: "You are busy, hardworking people who have chosen to put some time and some money aside to help other people.

"I know in some ways this is a big property event, and in other ways a big Jewish community event — but I suggest to you it is a very typical British event."

The event also included the presentation annual Norwood Property Awards. Helicla Bar won Commercial Development of the Year for the Bower; Stanhope Plc picked up the award for Residential Development of the Year for Television Centre, and Johnny Sandelson of SIAHAF and Meyer Bergman won Residential Deal of the Year for acquiring the Spenhill portfolio from Tesco Resolution. The resolution for Alphabeta won Commercial Deal of the Year and Norwood’s Lifetime Achievement award went to the much-deserving Harvey Soning.

Michael Goldstein, Property Lunch Committee Co-Chair said: ""The Norwood Property Lunch has become a permanent fixture for anybody who’s anybody in the property industry. We’re delighted that this established event has broken yet another record, raising £600,000 for this incredibly worthwhile cause."