Angels celebrate 11 years of supporting others

26 Nov 2019

Nick Ferrari interviewed by Local Angels Committee Member Karen Leibovitch.British journalist, radio and television presenter, Nick Ferrari was interviewed by Local Angels Committee member, Karen Leibovitch and joined by 200 guests at the 11th Local Angels lunch, helping raise over £33,000 for Jewish Care’s services in Redbridge. The annual lunch, organised by the Local Angels Committee and chaired by Jewish Care Trustee Gayle Klein, has raised over £300,000 over the past decade.

The Local Angels committee poses with Nick Ferrari who spoke at the event.

After the reception and lunch, Sonia Lerner, whose family has been supported by Jewish Care, made an appeal to guests. Sonia’s mum, Lottie Lewis, was diagnosed with vascular dementia in her late 70s.

Sonia said, “Mum became more isolated as her dementia progressed, so we approached Jewish Care who sent a social worker to assess her. They recommended for her carers to visit each day to encourage her to get up, to prepare her meals for her and make sure she took her medication.

Sonia Lerner makes the keynote appeal at the 11th Annual Local Angels event.

“They suggested visiting The Dennis Centre for people living with dementia in Redbridge to enjoy a hot meal, activities and most importantly the social interaction she needed. When I visited her there one day I was so impressed with the friendliness of staff and volunteers, and I was amazed to see my mother participating in a lively quiz and answering questions.

“Jewish Care were with us every step of the way, and it was very important to her to be in a home where the food was kosher and where she could celebrate all the Jewish festivals. The staff were wonderful, allowing her to be herself and always taking account of her personal preferences. Mum spent her final four years there, and we always felt comforted that she was in a safe and caring environment.”

After Sonia’s appeal, Nick Ferarri was featured in conversation with Local Angels Committee member, Karen Leibovitch. Answering questions from the audience, he talked about his show on LBC, which has 1.5million listeners, and answered questions from guests on entertainment, politics and fatherhood.

Funds raised at the lunch have helped to finance the weekly Memory Way Café and care buses to take people to The Dennis Centre and to Jewish Care’s Redbridge Community Centre as well as funding activities and teas for Holocaust survivors.

Nick Ferrari, journalist, radio and TV presenter, said “I have a lot in common with the Jewish community because of my Italian background, where it’s also always family first. I think that the work that the community does for charity is especially outstanding. It’s a total privilege to be here to get a better understanding of the work Jewish Care does, which is of irreplaceable value to the Jewish community. More power to Jewish Care!”

Gayle Klein, Chair of Local Angels and Jewish Care Trustee said, “Over the past 11 years, not only have you helped raise funds at the Local Angels lunches helping to support Jewish Care’s local services, and you have given your time, volunteering as meals on wheels drivers, tea party hosts and running activities in community and dementia day centres.

“On behalf of the committee and the thousands of people and their families who rely on Jewish Care services each week, at often the most difficult and traumatic times, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity and commitment.”

Gayle Klein and Adam Overlander-Kaye attend the 2019 Local Angels event.

Adam Overlander-Kaye, Director of Fundraising & Community Engagement at Jewish Care said, “I’d like to add my thanks to Nick Ferrari, Gayle Klein, Karen Leibovitch, the Local Angels committee, Sonia Lerner and our guests for all their support. We are very grateful for the time and support they give to help our community, and it shows how much they care with passion and commitment, today and over the past decade, by supporting us to keep services in the North East London going.”