Care charity Nightingale Hammerson has raised over £1m during a gala dinner at London’s Guildhall.
The event, which was attended by over 500 Nightingale Hammerson supporters, was hosted by newsreader and broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky and Michael Grade, chairman of the Charity Fundraising Regulator.
Lord Grade said: “Charities like Nightingale Hammerson are doing a vital job of taking care of our older people. Organisations such as these contribute a great deal to their communities; it’s heart-warming to see so many of you here tonight supporting their work. Long may it continue.”
Donations will contribute towards maintaining facilities and standards of care at Nightingale Hammerson’s Nightingale House in South London and Hammerson House in North London, which is currently undergoing extensive redevelopment.
Nightingale Hammerson Chairman Melvin Lawson addressed the theme of this year’s dinner ‘Celebrating great lives, great care, great plans’ when he said that Nightingale Hammerson’s reputation for delivering person-centred care helped residents to “create a home from home where they feel respected and valued”.
Reflecting on the organisation’s 175-year history in caring for older members of London’s Jewish community, he added: “It is our honour to bring light to each and every person in our care.”