Millions raised for Norwood
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2008-11-20
Richard Desmond at Norwood annual dinner. Photo:| Tim Clarke (Daily Express)
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A massive Â£3m has been raised at the annual dinner to support the work of Jewish children, adults and families charity Norwood.
The dinner, which took place at The Grosvenor House in central London, saw Norwood president and media tycoon Richard Desmond reveal that The Queen has scheduled a visit to the organisation's residential community for adults with learning disabilities on December 11.
"Something that sets Norwood apart is that we have the Queen as our Royal Patron. I am delighted that she has requested to meet children and adults who use our services, together with staff who support them," said Desmond.
Among the celebrities who turned out to show their support was X-Factor judge and music mogul Simon Cowell.
As a guest speaker, Cowell expressed his support for the work which Norwood does. "Charities carry out extraordinary work and I like to support them as much as possible. To see so many people out tonight to support Norwood is staggering," he said. "Through my friend, Richard Desmond, I have learnt a lot about Norwood and I understand why you're all here. I'm a great believer that we have to support British charities and I'm very happy to support this cause."
Cowell also made a personal donation to become a Norwood celebrity Patron.
"This year, more than ever before, we appreciate the generosity of Norwood's donors who have demonstrated that even in this tough financial climate, they are there for the children, families and adults who rely on Norwood's support," Desmond added.