Samantha Cameron presents award to Nicola Mendelsohn at WOD Lunch

22 May 2018


Samantha Cameron was the guest of honour at Jewish Care’s 27th Woman of Distinction lunch, held last week, at the Institute of Directors. Interviewed by News presenter Samantha Simmonds, she spoke openly to the 200 guests about life in the spotlight, her career, family and how she is now fulfilling a life-long ambition and is running her own fashion company – CEFINN. She also presented Lady Nicola Mendelsohn CBE with the Women of Distinction Award, an award that is given to women who have made a significant contribution to industry and society.

When presenting the award, Samantha Cameron said;

“You are a truly amazing, inspirational woman who is still so young, so glamorous and have achieved so much. It gives me great pleasure to present this award to you for leaving an indelible mark on both your profession and the community.”

Lady Nicola Mendelsohn CBE is the latest in a 27-year chain of outstanding women to be recognised at the luncheon. Currently the Vice President for Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Facebook as well as being the co-chair of the Creative Industries Council, a non-executive director of Diageo, a Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, a member of The Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board and alongside her husband co-president of Norwood. 

After receiving the award Nicola commented;

I am humbled to receive this prestigious award from an organization that I care deeply about.  I have always been supportive of the work of Jewish Care and I am inspired by the care and support offered at homes like Sidney Corob which the Women of Distinction Committee support with it’s amazing work.  I’m so grateful and honored to be recognized today. This beautiful award will have pride of place in our home”.

The event raised a £75,000 to support Jewish Care’s Sidney Corob House, a registered care home for Jewish adults with mental health needs. Sidney Corob resident Mark shared his story with guests reminding them that mental health can affect any one of us and thanking them for supporting the home that means so much to him; “In many ways I had a typical North-West London Jewish life and nothing in those early years of my life would suggest I would be standing here talking to you today. That’s the thing about mental health, it can affect any one of us. I suffer and always have from the intermittent depression.  I came to Sidney Corob House in March 2017 at the suggestion of my sister who felt that I would benefit from being in a supportive care home with a warm Jewish atmosphere. It’s difficult to put into words how important the home has been for me”.

Samantha Cameron was the guest of honour Jewish Care’s 27th Woman of Distinction lunch, held yesterday, at the Institute of Directors. Interviewed by News presenter Samantha Simmonds, she spoke openly to the 200 guests about life in the spotlight, her career, family and how she is now fulfilling a life-long ambition and is running her own fashion company – CEFINN. She also presented Lady Nicola Mendelsohn CBE with the Women of Distinction Award, an award that is given to women who have made a significant contribution to industry and society.

When presenting the award, Samantha Cameron said;

“You are a truly amazing, inspirational woman who is still so young, so glamorous and have achieved so much. It gives me great pleasure to present this award to you for leaving an indelible mark on both your profession and the community.”

Lady Nicola Mendelsohn CBE is the latest in a 27-year chain of outstanding women to be recognised at the luncheon. Currently the Vice President for Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Facebook as well as being the co-chair of the Creative Industries Council, a non-executive director of Diageo, a Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, a member of The Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board and alongside her husband co-president of Norwood. 

After receiving the award Nicola commented;

“I am humbled to receive this prestigious award from an organization that I care deeply about.  I have always been supportive of the work of Jewish Care and I am inspired by the care and support offered at homes like Sidney Corob which the Women of Distinction Committee support with it’s amazing work.  I’m so grateful and honored to be recognized today. This beautiful award will have pride of place in our home”.

 The event raised a £75,000 to support Jewish Care’s Sidney Corob House, a registered care home for Jewish adults with mental health needs. Sidney Corob resident Mark shared his story with guests reminding them that mental health can affect any one of us and thanking them for supporting the home that means so much to him; “In many ways I had a typical North-West London Jewish life and nothing in those early years of my life would suggest I would be standing here talking to you today. That’s the thing about mental health, it can affect any one of us. I suffer and always have from the intermittent depression.  I came to Sidney Corob House in March 2017 at the suggestion of my sister who felt that I would benefit from being in a supportive care home with a warm Jewish atmosphere. It’s difficult to put into words how important the home has been for me”.

Speaking after the event, Danielle Lipton, who co-chairs the event alongside Danielle Hess, commented;

“We have always celebrated the success of women and to see Samantha Cameron present the Women of Distinction award to Lady Mendelsohn was fantastic. Two successful women who are role models to so many at a time when celebrating women and their achievements seems to be more important.

It is also very apt and timely that this event has fallen in the middle of Mental Health Awareness week. Understanding of mental health is increasing but sadly funding for services is still insufficient. Jewish Care can only keep the doors of its residential homes for people with mental health needs thanks to support from the community. I am delighted that today’s event has raised over £75,000 – this is a significant contribution towards plugging the funding gap Jewish Care have to ensure they can provide much needed residential care for people in our community”.