Norwood’s Patrons Charity Event at Halcyon Gallery

19 Mar 2010

Norwood honoured its Patrons and YN Patrons for their commitment to its work at the Charity’s annual Cocktail Party last night. More than 130 dedicated donors, including some of the most influential members of the community, enjoyed a drinks and canapés reception and a private viewing of legendary singer Bob Dylan’s art. The party was held at the Halcyon Gallery in Mayfair, which once again generously sponsored the evening. The guests were welcomed by Richard Desmond, President of Norwood, who thanked them for their support of Norwood. He then handed over to Norma Brier, Norwood’s Chief Executive, who spoke about recent developments at the Charity. She told them that the recession has resulted in a reduction in central government and local authority funding. But she insisted that Norwood had anticipated this and has already responded with a robust efficiency drive, while its new three year strategy would allow it to meet any future challenges head on. She also spoke about Norwood’s commitment to changes in the model of social care which gives people, even those with the most complex needs, greater control and choice over their lives and supports them to become more independent. Evidence of this can be seen in the expansion of Norwood’s Supported Living, Employment and Day Opportunities services for adults with learning disabilities. Many of these services are based at the new Norwood WorkHub, which will be officially opened next month and was made possible through the generous support of Richard Desmond and his music super-group the RD Crusaders. Concluding her address, she vowed: “The Government and local authorities are cutting back, but Norwood cannot and must not reduce the services that provide a lifeline to so many of the Jewish Community’s most vulnerable people. With your continued support, we can ensure that even during times of economic hardship, emotional trauma and crises, children and their families, and people with disabilities, can receive the support they need to live fulfilled lives. She added: “Thank you for helping Norwood to  change peoples’ lives and I hope that by doing so your own lives have also been changed and enriched by knowing that your contribution is making a real difference to so many children, adults and families.” The exhibition at the grand five-storey Georgian gallery in Bruton Street was an exclusive collection of Dylan’s first paintings on canvas. The paintings are based on drawings and sketches made while on the road between 1989 and 1992 and are the finale to his The Drawn Blank Series. Guests listened to Aaron Young, a Director at the Halcyon Gallery, who told an amusing story about his first meeting with Dylan and encouraged them to ‘let art into their lives’. Russell Green, Managing Director of the Halcyon Gallery, said: “Halcyon is delighted to once again host this event for Norwood. It is a fantastic cause and it is important for us all to continue to support its life-changing work during this difficult economic climate.” For more information about Norwood please go to www.norwood.org.uk