Nightin­gale has £1 mil­lion meal

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

PRAIS­ING THE work of Nightin­gale Ham­mer­son at the wel­fare char­ity’s bi­en­nial din­ner on Tues­day, Labour busi­ness spokesman Lord Men­del­sohn said be­ing among the 500 guests at Lon­don’s Guild­hall meant more to him than his work in the House of Lords.

Lord Men­del­sohn, a former ad­viser to Tony Blair, said: “There may be wis­dom in pol­i­tics, but there’s a lot more in this room. It’s the wis­dom of peo­ple who know what they’ve got to do to care for the next gen­er­a­tion and meet their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“I’m proud to be in the House of Lords, but prouder to be here with peo­ple who are go­ing to do their duty and sup­port those peo­ple who have to be sup­ported.”

Dis­cussing his po­lit­i­cal role, he noted: “I’m a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Harvey Rosen­blatt and Lord Men­del­sohn busi­ness, in­no­va­tion and skills and to­day my party leader re­fused to talk to the CBI [Con­fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish Industry]. Mine is not an easy job.”

The din­ner raised more than £1 mil­lion to­wards the ex­ten­sive re­de­vel­op­ment of Ham­mer­son House in north Lon­don, which is ex­pected to cost £35 mil­lion. An­other £4 mil­lion has al­ready been raised, with more to come from the sale of as­sets.

Out­go­ing chair Harvey Rosen­blatt warned of the “time bomb” fac­ing char­i­ties as peo­ple lived longer. The av­er­age age of a new Nightin­gale Ham­mer­son res­i­dent is 90 and 10 per cent of clients are aged 100 or above. In a pre­re­corded mes­sage, com­mu­nity and so­cial care min­is­ter Alis­tair Burt paid t r i b u t e to Nighti n g a l e ’ s s e r v i c e s . Matt Lu­cas fea­tured in the ap­peal video.

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