Norwood celebrates £2,500 gift from the Queen’s Patron’s Fund 31 January 2017 Press Release Norwood is celebrating after receiving a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund, the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty, The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Around £750,000 is available to distribute between nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth. The Fund received generous donations from a range of supporters; including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups and the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch, the event on the Mall last June. Norwood is the one of the UK’s oldest charities, and the only Jewish charity with Her Majesty, The Queen as Patron. The gift will enable the charity to provide 30 specialist occupational therapy sessions for children with autism and/or a sensory processing disorder. Very often these children find it impossible to ‘filter out’ everyday noises and sensations, which can be overwhelming and frightening. Elaine Kerr, Norwood Chief Executive, said: "It’s a privilege to have Her Majesty, The Queen as our Patron, and we are delighted to receive this generous donation. "Occupational therapy gives children with autism vital strategies to cope with sensory overload. Its effects can be nothing short of life changing: reducing the child’s anxiety, improving their communication skills and giving them the chance to learn and develop friendships as their peers do." Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of The Board of Trustees for The Patron’s Fund, said: "The Patron’s Fund is very pleased to be able to support Norwood with its valuable work. Norwood is among hundreds of organisations for which The Queen acts as a Patron, which between them make a difference to causes and communities in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth."