Norwood discovers the magic number

7 October 2019

On Thursday 3 October, more than 300 professionals from the investment industry attended Norwood’s Distressed Investing Dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The event raised £350,000 for the charity, which uses the funds to support families facing crisis and people with educational challenges, learning disabilities and autism. The evening was sponsored by international law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Norwood’s chair, Neville Khan, who is also a member of the Distressed Investing Dinner committee, said: “This event has thrived for more than a decade. Why? Because it’s a great social and marketing opportunity and the industry wants to give back to worthwhile causes.”

To focus attention on the serious matter of raising much-needed funds, guests were shown a short film focusing on the Cohen family – dad Spencer and children Mia and Zak – who lost their wife and mother in 2016 and have been supported in a variety of ways by Norwood ever since. “I had big boots to fill,” said Spencer, “but Norwood helped our family to become who we are now. They have always been there for us.”

Entertainment was provided by the Israeli “mentalist” Lior Suchard, who said: “This room is full of distinguished and sophisticated people, and my main goal is to educate them about the infinite power of the human mind, to make them become children again and to fill them with wonder, amazement and astonishment.”

Norwood’s chief executive Dr Beverley Jacobson with the Israeli mindreader and ‘mentalist’ Lior Suchard

Part of Suchard’s act consisted of two people, drawn from the audience, being instructed to add up a series of numbers (three random digits, phone passcodes, height, amount of money they would pledge to Norwood etc) on a mobile phone calculator and then to reveal the final figure: 100,014,104. Suchard then scrawled this number on to a sheet of paper. When he turned the paper upside-down, to the “wonder, amazement and astonishment” of the guests, it clearly read “Norwood”.

Suchard on stage at the 14th annual Distressed Investing Dinner in aid of Norwood

Great food, great company, great entertainment and a great cause… it all added up to another phenomenally successful Norwood night out.