Michael, masks and million-pound milestones at Norwood’s Private Equity Dinner

17 May 2019

The Norwood Private Equity Dinner, sponsored by Investec Private Bank, was held on Tuesday 15 May at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. It was the tenth year that guests from the private equity industry and related sectors gathered to raise invaluable funds for Norwood and more than £200,000 was raised on the night, bringing the total raised by the event over the years to more than a million pounds.

The Chair of Norwood, Neville Kahn, says: “Corporate events such as this are really important for two reasons. First, we need to spread the word about the amazing work that Norwood does to give the people we support independence and choice in their lives; and second, we have to bridge the gap and raise some voluntary funds in enjoyable and exciting ways.”

The guests were treated to a powerful talk from investment strategist, TV personality and tech entrepreneur Gemma Godfrey; entertainment from ventriloquist Nina Conti, who selected two people from the audience to fit with face masks and provide with often uncomfortable (but always hilarious) dialogue; and an emotional account of his relationship with Norwood from Michael Kuperberg, who works at the Sara’s Kitchen café in Norwood’s Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon, and lives in one of the charity’s supported living accommodations.

Michael – who has a learning disability and was “made to feel useless” in a previous job as a kitchen porter – spoke movingly about the effect Norwood has had on his life, telling the audience: “I wouldn’t be the person I am without Norwood. Without the love and respect they have shown me through their support, I would not have the confidence to stand here. Norwood is a second family to me and is a cause close to my and my mum’s hearts.”

Deborah Sayagh, Private Equity Committee Co-Chair and the representative from the event’s lead sponsor, Investec, says: “Breaking the million-pound mark makes this a very special night in the history of the Private Equity Committee. This is the fourth year that Investec has sponsored the dinner and we do it because, although we are a bank and are about business, we need to support the communities in which we operate.”

Norwood’s Private Equity Dinner is just one of a full calendar of corporate events the charity runs every year. The next is the Norwood Property Lunch, to be held at a central London location on 7 June.

The Private Equity Dinner also featured a raffle and a silent auction. The raffle winners are as follows:

  • A two-night stay at The Alma Inn, Cottonstones – Matthew Taylor
  • A £100 voucher for one of: La Brasseria Milanese, Marylebone; Getti, Jermyn Street; or Zia Teresa, Knightsbridge – Stewart Licudi
  • A media or presentation half-day training session with Bladonmore – Marc Wursdorfer
  • Dinner for two at Adam Handling Chelsea – Harry Kalms
  • TruBe personal training sessions – Emily Taylor
  • Lunch for two at Oslo Court – Martin Schwab
  • A pair of tickets for London Symphony Orchestra Members’ Bars recitals (with drinks and canapé reception) – Emily Taylor
  • A pair of tickets for London Symphony Orchestra Members’ Bars recitals (with drinks and canapé reception) – Lewis Blakey