FUNDRAISING NEWS: Jewish charity tops £1m target through annual dinner event

Jewish care charity Norwood raised more than £1 million at its annual dinner event at the start of the month.

Donations from more than 700 guests smashed the charity's target by £200,000.

The money raised will make a "significant" contribution to the £8 million needed by the organisation for services.

The evening included the launch of an appeal video, which highlighted the charity's work with individual families in the community.

At its present rate of growth, the organisation predicts that demand for its services will grow by at least 15 per cent. But Norma Brier, chief executive at the charity, believes the charity's donors recognise the benefits of their support to the Jewish community.

"Norwood is the community's safety net," said Brier. "We tackle issues that are at the very heart of Anglo-Jewry and threaten its future such as abuse, addiction, family breakdown, special education and disabilities."

The charity recently launched a £75,000 fundraising appeal timed to coincide with the Rosh Hashanah holiday. This followed a rebranding programme earlier this year.

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