Norwood’s family of supporters donate over £3.2 million at annual fundraising dinner

13 November 2018

More than 1,200 guests gathered at Norwood’s annual fundraising dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Monday evening, 12 November, to celebrate and support the charity’s life transforming work with vulnerable children and individuals with learning disabilities and all of their families.

Focussing on how Norwood enables families to thrive, this event, which was sponsored by The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation, raised over £3.2 million.

Through three short films dinner guests were drawn into the lives of different families each facing a significant challenge. These included loss, bringing up a child with special needs and moving a young adult with severe autism into a home of his own. Through Norwood’s support each family reflected on how they had come through their strife stronger and filled with hope for a brighter future.

Wayne Chodosh is one of the fathers featured in the films. He spoke about the support Norwood gives his son, 24 year old son Jake who is autistic and non-verbal, to live independently.

Wayne said: “The incredible care Norwood provides leaves you speechless. They do everything they can to make sure Jake is happy and comfortable. They are amazing.”

Norwood’s new Chief Executive Dr Beverley Jacobson said: “My life went into complete freefall 24 years ago when my eldest daughter sustained extensive brain damage at birth. So I stand here tonight as testimony to Norwood’s soul-saving support.

Support which initially empowered me to cope, later enabled me to help my daughter thrive, and ultimately fuelled me with a passion to help others in difficulty. Norwood is about all of our children, and all their families too because whatever challenges face your child, impact on the whole family too. I will work tirelessly to ensure that no member of our community is left to struggle on their own.”

 Norwood’s Chair Neville Kahn said: “Family has always been central in my life and I’m so pleased to be joined not only by my own family but also by the Norwood family. When a person has a loving family that supports them, so much is possible. Our ambition for the Norwood family is that every member has that opportunity to thrive. I’m delighted that our new Chief Executive Bev Jacobson will be guiding us on the journey to what promises to be a new and exciting era – her personal drive to improve the lives of those we support is inspiring.”

Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, Joint President of Norwood, said: “Whenever we visit Norwood’s services, we are deeply moved by everything the charity does. At its heart it is about the responsibility of individuals and the power of community. And of being a family. A family that ensures no-one gets left behind or forgotten. Thank you so much to everyone who made tonight’s Annual Dinner such a success – your generosity will be life-changing for so many families, now and in the future.”

To bring the evening to a positive close, Lee Ridley, AKA “Lost Voice Guy”, who was the first comedian to ever win Britain’s Got Talent, did a hilarious stand-up routine.

Lee Ridley said: “Family is so important for helping people to achieve their dreams. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my loved ones. Norwood does amazing work for people with learning disabilities and their families. They give them the strength to overcome challenges and lead fulfilling lives. I’m delighted to support this event and see so many people whose lives have been changed by the Norwood family.”



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About Norwood

Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities and autism.

Norwood supports over 4,000 people every year, giving them the tools they need to live the most fulfilling lives they can.

Norwood works with 56 local authorities, delivering wide-ranging services in a variety of residential accommodation and supported living services, short-break facilities and family centres across London and the South East.

Through a workforce of over 2,500 – made up of 1,250 staff and 1,500 volunteers – we provide the highest-quality care to transform the lives of children and their families, and vulnerable adults.

It costs £34m a year to deliver Norwood’s services, £12m of which must be raised from voluntary donations.

Norwood Events

Norwood runs an exciting schedule of corporate and community fundraising and networking events throughout the year.

Events include: Ladies Lunch, Property Lunch, Supper Quiz, Distressed Investing Dinner, Golf Day, Business Breakfast, Private Equity Dinner, and YN’s Business, Finance and Entrepreneurs’ Dinner.

To register your interest for a Norwood event, contact Candice Mendes da Costa, Head of Events on