In the present economic climate, and with ever increasing council cuts, without legacies, events and donations, there would be no Donisthorpe Hall.
The stark message was delivered by the care home’s fundraising co-ordinator Alexandra Myers at a tribute gala dinner on Sunday for late volunteer Trudi Moss.
Addressing over 140 guests Mrs Myers asked what would the community do if Donisthorpe Hall didn’t exist. Where would Jewish residents go to be looked after in a kosher environment and a Jewish ethos.
“Seventy percent of our residents are publicly funded, meaning there is a £5,000 yearly shortfall between the cost of running the home and local government support.
“Put another way, there is a shortfall of upwards of £500,000 a year to keep running the home to high standards of comfort and care.”
She added that Donisthorpe doesn’t have the luxury of having a New Year appeal in shul, “it is not a trendy or sexy charity — but it does need a share of the pie.”
Mrs Myers appealed for regular monthly donations, as little as £5 per month, asking for community members to join the Doni-Donor scheme.
“Don’t even think about the alternative of our loved ones in a second-rate non-kosher home,” she warned. “That is what the local council would say is sufficient, but something we would never allow to happen.”
Entertainment at the black-tie event was provided by G4 and former X-Factor star Jonathan Ansell and UHC chazan and minister Alby Chait who both brought the house down with an eclectic mix of stirring songs, hymns and popular classics.
The haute cuisine menu was provided by Donisthorpe Hall’s in-house caterers.
Howard Lee, bang on comedic form, compared the event. Openers were Priscilla and David King and guests of honour were Shelley and Stephen Lee. Among the guests was sponsor Leslie Silver OBE, UHC president Paul Berwin and UJIA chairman of UK programmes Richard Manning and Donisthorpe Hall’s life president Geoff Caplan and his wife Gill and members of the late Trudi Moss’s family.
by John Fisher