Young Patron Reception raises £20,000 for new Lifeline Campaign

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On Tuesday 30th October, 100 Young Patrons gathered at the Swarovski Crystallized Lounge in Great Marlborough Street to celebrate the launch of the fourth year of their successful campaign. In addition to enjoying the exciting cocktails and delicious canapés, they also had the opportunity to bid on some stunning pieces of jewellery that Swarovski had very kindly donated to the charity.

Paula Legge, one of the Young Patron board members, welcomed everyone to the event explaining why she had decided to become a Young Patron:

I was amazed at the dedication of the staff and volunteers and I particularly liked the transparency with which you could see the difference donations make to the lives of people with impaired vision or physical disabilities. People often much older that you or I.”

Paula then introduced Jewish Blind & Disabled chairman John Joseph who thanked all there for their commitment to the charity and said how very vital they all are to its future not just in raising much-needed funds - over £60,000 to date, but also in being the next generation of lay leaders.

The importance of their contribution was made even more pertinent when they heard Judith Morgan’s story. Judith’s daughter Rachel is the same sort of age as those attending the event but her life has been very different since she was struck with a disabling illness in her mid-teens which left her wheelchair bound and in constant pain. Jewish Blind & Disabled transformed not just her life but that of her family too when she moved in to her state-of-the-art mobility apartment last year. Now she has the independence that any 20-something year old would crave and the 24/7 on site support means that her parents can relax knowing there is always someone on hand if needed.

This support has given a lifeline to the Morgan family as it has to all Jewish Blind & Disabled’s tenants and families, and Lifeline is the theme of the Young Patron campaign in the coming year as their support will go toward funding the vital house manager call system in each of the buildings. For more information about this essential campaign please email Gemma or call
020 8371 6611.