Kay Burley takes dinner guests to the heart of Jewish Care

12 Jun 2018


Sky’s Kay Burley presented a night of news and stories at this year’s Jewish Care annual fundraising dinner which raised a record breaking £5.25 million. A series of broadcasts were transmitted throughout the evening, shining a spotlight on the work of the organisation and the stories of some of its clients.

The Lord Levy Jewish Care’s President commented;

“Tonight, was something different. No speeches just a series of powerful films. The star of the night was Jewish Care itself. You can’t watch those films and not feel proud to be part of a community that really does care. That’s what tonight was all about real Jewish Care”.

 The 1,000 guests were welcomed to the Great Room at the Grosvenor House Hotel by roving reporter and Jewish Care Dinner Chair, Nicola Loftus, in a broadcast from The Brenner Centre at Stepney Jewish Community Centre at Raine House. Nicola walked guests through the Centre, talking to clients and showing the range of activities and facilities on offer, from the kosher food store to the hairdressers where she was greeted from under the drying hood by Dame Gail Ronson who claimed the “it was the best salon in town”.

 In reports filmed in Jewish Care facilities both President the Lord Levy and Chairman Steven Lewis talked about the work of the organisation as well as changes ahead. Outgoing Chief Executive, Simon Morris received praise for his fantastic leadership over the past 15 years. In an interview with Kay Burley, The Lord Levy said;

“It is an important year of change for Jewish Care as Simon Morris steps down. He is a wonderful guy who has done an amazing job for Jewish Care taking the organisation to new heights, one that is recognised on a national level as a leading social care organisation. Simon, you have been a brilliant CEO, thank you for everything you have done”.

 In a film shot at Jewish Care’s building site in Stanmore Steven Lewis was interview by Sky News presenter Sophy Ridge, donning his hard hat he talked about the tremendous progress being made in the organisation’s ‘building for the future programme’. During his interview he talked about the two new resources that Jewish Care will be opening in the next year as well as advances in technology that are helping deliver care and support the organisations recruitment drive.

 Ivor Baddiel presented two light entertainment news bulletins. The first shot at a recent Jewish Care Sing Off event that saw 9 teams from different Jewish Care resources compete to be the 2018 sing off champions and a report about Sport at Jewish Care.

The powerful appeal film told the story of 89-year-old widower Tony Fisher a lifelong east ender who called the Jewish Care centre his “happy place”.

Grace and the toasts were given by clients from across the organisation. 98-year-old Betty Brand a former Air Force test pilot toasted the Queen whilst Ziggy Shipper a member of Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors Centre told guests he was honoured to toast the State of Israel.

Speaking after the event Nicola Loftus, Chair of the Campaign Dinner and Jewish Care Trustee said;

“Our guests have become used to coming along to our annual dinners and hearing from big name speakers. This year we wanted to do something different, taking them on a journey through Jewish Care to show them why their support is so important”.

 The night was brought to a close by chart topper Tunde from The Lighthouse Family who donated his time to perform at the event. He thanked two of the most important people in his life for inviting him to perform joking it was difficult to say no to your Doctor and Accountant!

  After the event Chairman Steven Lewis said;

“Through going back to basics and focusing on us and our work we have clearly touched the hearts of the guests who have shown tremendous generosity. I am delighted to announce that last night we raised £5.25 million, this is a great start towards meeting our revenue fundraising target of £15m for the year ahead”.

 An emotional Simon Morris, outgoing Chief Executive, spoke to the staff team at the close of the dinner;

“Tonight, has been an incredibly emotional night for me. I feel so proud to have led this organisation for the past 15 years and to have worked with such a dedicated and professional group of colleagues. It has been an honour and a privilege. Jewish Care will always have a big place in my heart and I look forward to seeing it flourish under the capable leadership of Daniel Carmel-Brown”.