Friend­ship ex­tended with £150k fundraiser

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JC REPORTER

THE FRIEND­SHIP Cir­cle, a Manch­ester charity sup­port­ing Jews with phys­i­cal and learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, raised £150,000 from a fundrais­ing night at­tended by more than 400 peo­ple.

Held at the Pic­cadilly Mer­cure Ho­tel, its theme was “I am me”, cel­e­brat­ing in­di­vid­u­al­ity.

Speak­ers in­cluded Michael Levy, par­ent of a Friend­ship Cir­cle mem­ber, vol­un­teer Deb­o­rah Rad­nor and Hannah Men­dell, 27, a Friend­ship Cir­cle mem­ber. The lat­ter re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion for an emo­tional ad­dress. Funds raised will en­able the charity to ex­pand its pro­grammes. Its di­rec­tor, Mimi Lyons, said she felt blessed to work for an or­gan­i­sa­tion that “ben­e­fits the lives of both our mem­bers and vol­un­teers”.

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