The Jewish Chronicle

£500k university donation Fe helps pupils

- BY SIMON ROCKER

A FORMER secretary of Durham University J-Soc has donated £500,000 to the university to launch a new facility to encourage entreprene­urs.

Jonathan Hazan, who graduated in computing in 1991, is the former chief executive of start-up Datix, which developed patient safety software.

The Hazan Venture Lab will provide a hub for enterprise projects geared to tackling problems faced by society and industry.

It will house the Durham Venture

School, due to open in September, where graduates will be able to benefit from the mentorship of university alumni.

Mr Hazan, a former secretary of Kingston Liberal Synagogue’s council, said: “My years at Durham gave me a solid foundation on which to build my career and I’m delighted that I’m now able to give something back to the university.

“I’m hoping my donation will help to equip students with the skills they need to start and grow their own businesses.”

Hereford and she had an affinity to the football club.

“I got hold of the club and they got the manager, the assistant manager and a player to turn up with these tablets to the school [Brookfield, where two-thirds of pupils are classified as disadvanta­ged].

“It made the kids’ day. Sam would have absolutely loved that.”

Another beneficiar­y was Canolfan y Don, a specialist institutio­n in Aberporth, West Wales which works with pupils up to the age of 11 with a range of needs including severe learning difficulti­es.

He donated 20 tablets — one for each student — and a mother said it had been “life-changing” for her eight-yearold daughter, who could not speak but was able to use a tablet.

“It’s such a nationwide problem,” Mr Brown stressed. “It really needs to be addressed. I’m doing this all by myself. It keeps me sane in a way and I want to do it in Sam’s name.”

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