Donors give Norwood £2.1m boost in Jewish charity’s 36-hour annual fundraiser

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Donors give Norwood £2.1m boost in Jewish charity’s 36-hour annual fundraiser

Soaring costs mean the learning disabilities and autism charity needs support now more than ever, says CEO

Norwood's Buckets and Spades respite centre in Finchley
Norwood's Buckets and Spades respite centre in Finchley

A gargantuan 36-hour fundraising appeal for Norwood resulted in a much-needed £2.1m financial injection for the UK’s oldest Jewish charity this week.

The appeal video highlighted how one in every four members of the Jewish community felt that they or a close family member would end up needing the charity’s vital support services at some point.

This year’s fundraising campaign was a break from the norm, with the charity choosing to eschew its annual dinner – typically held in opulent surrounds, such as at the Guildhall – amid the current cost-of-living crisis.

“In recent years, not only has the need for Norwood grown, but the way in which individuals across our community depend on us has also changed,” said Norwood chair Neville Kahn.

“That’s why we continue to adapt to meet those needs, so we can continue to be a safety net for people with learning disabilities and autism and children and their families in crisis.”

On the £2.1m, he said he was “gratified and humbled by the response”, adding: “We exist to serve the community’s needs, but when we needed our community, they supported us to reach our fundraising target in very challenging times.”

Norwood supports 2,500 people in 56 local authorities across 40 schools, offering residential and supported-living accommodation, short-breaks facilities, plus occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and psychotherapy. Its costs are around £32m a year, of which £12m must come from voluntary donations.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: