Jewish Care hosts 33rd Topland Group Business online event

25 Feb 2021

Jewish Care hosts 33rd Topland Group Business online event featuring Emily Maitlis and Helena Morrissey DBE. This year’s Topland Group Business Award is given to Jewish Care’s dedicated and hardworking frontline staff. The Outstanding Philanthropy Award is given to Suzanne Ackerman.

More than 230 people attended the online lunchtime event, which raised over £170,000 to support Jewish Care’s vital services.

The lunch, in its 12th year of partnership with the Topland Group, featured a conversation between BBC presenter, journalist and broadcaster, Emily Maitlis and Lead Non-Executive Director of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Baroness Helena Morrissey DBE.

The award this year, given in memory of Philip Greenwold, was accepted by Chipema Chitambala, Jewish Care’s Head of Care Services on behalf of Jewish Care’s frontline staff and in honour of staff member, Mateo Aben, who sadly lost his life to Covid-19 last year.

The new Outstanding Philanthropy Award is given to Suzanne Ackerman and on behalf of the Ackerman family, for her work in assisting new and disadvantaged entrepreneurs.

During the event, Emily Maitlis and Baroness Morrissey discussed their experiences of inequality in the workplace and having to adapt behaviour to blend in, even down to the way they dress. They also discussed many other topics such as working cultures; the importance of listening to views that challenge your own; the work done to add a gender balance to boards of companies; the current economic challenges that face the UK, and what needs to be done to get younger people back in to work in the aftermath of the pandemic.

During the interview, Emily asked, “If you could tell your younger self something, what would it be?”. Helena replied, “I would tell her not to worry so much. Sometimes, you will often not take the leap and concentrate on the fear of failure rather than the chance for success.”

When discussing the impact of the pandemic, Baroness Morrissey DBE, said:

“We have seen the widening of inequalities, in health, wealth, education and opportunities. We stand at a crossroads and there are many lessons to be learned about how to look out for each other, how we come out of this and build on the progress we have made in becoming closer to each other.” 

David Pollock, Chairman of the Topland Group Business Committee, said:

“It is a real honour to be able to hold the event this year and to show that our support is longstanding, whether we can gather in person or online. The deserved winners of this year’s award, Jewish Care’s frontline staff, have humbled us all. We thank them for their dedication in looking after our community’s older generation.”

Daniel Carmel- Brown, Chief Executive, Jewish Care, said:

“We are incredibly grateful to our generous supporters at the Topland Goup Business online event, who continue to raise much needed funds for our core services. We would not be able to do our work without their support. Our award this year, dedicated to our frontline staff and in honour of Mateo, is in recognition of their exceptional work during the pandemic, and in recognition of the compassion and love they show those they care for, each and every day.”