A significant number of children with learning disabilities are unable to sit exams in a normal school environment and need a specialist centre which can cater properly for their needs in an appropriate Jewish setting.  There is an obvious adverse impact on the options of these students for future education and careers.  Delamere is funding OYY Lubavitch Boys School to set up a nationally approved examination facility, using trained professional invigilators, which can be used by any Jewish pupil regardless of where they have studied.  The school will erect special signage, prepare a safe storage room with an approved safe for exam papers, allocate suitable examination rooms and process all the paperwork.  The new facility should become operational for the first time in 2018.



Bellaballoons ImageIn October 2017, with the aid of a major award from the Gershon Rothman Awards fund, Manchester Mesivta opened a new dedicated centre for SEN pupils.  The new centre contains three well equipped state of the art classrooms where pupils will learn key life skills such as cooking and computer use.  The new centre has been dedicated to the memory of Gershon Rothman and Delamere's Vice Chairman, Sam Cohen, unveiled a plaque as a permanent tribute to Delamere's benefactor.  Invited guests enjoyed a L'Chaim which included cakes and biscuits baked in the new centre by the children.



Announced in September 2016, the Gershon Rothman Awards provided an excellent opportunity to uncover some really worthwhile new service ideas and to have a major impact on Jewish special educational needs in Greater Manchester.  Delamere has been enabled to do this through the exceptional generosity of the late Gershon Rothman whose memory we are delighted to honour in this way.  The photograph shows Mr Rothman at his home in Australia in his 90's.

Gershon Rothman spent the early part of his life in the Manchester Jewish community where he began his career in ladies dress design.  He was sporting and loved a healthy outdoor life.  His experience as a much decorated sergeant in the British army in the second world war, especially the liberation of Belsen, affected him profoundly and he became a vocal and interested advocate for human freedom and decency throughout his life.  He emigrated to Australia in 1959 where he became a very successful ladies fashion designer and passed away in 2014 at the age of 95, an exceptionally decent, principled and generous man.

In November 2016 representatives from Jewish schools and educational service providers were invited to submit bids for a Gershon Rothman Award. 

In March 2017, following sixteen bids amounting to over £250K, Delamere announced that over £104K had been awarded to seven Greater Manchester based Jewish schools and specialist educational service providers from the Gershon Rothman Awards fund.  Delamere's chairman expressed the great delight of the trustees at the extent and quality of the applications.  We expect over 300 Jewish children with a whole range of learning disabilities to benefit over the next two years, not to mention creating a permanent legacy of specialist resources in the longer term.



Bellaballoons ImageDelamere held a highly entertaining and hilarious Murder Mystery evening in November 2015 for over 100 guests, raising £1500 for the charity. B’nai B’rith Cheshire Unity Lodge Players performed the latest in their popular series of Murder Mysteries, “Faulty Doctors”, to enthusiastic applause and B’nai B’rith charities also benefited from the joint event.





Bellaballoons ImageDelamere was delighted with its successful sponsored group  “Tramathon” on Thursday 29th May 2014 when a group of enthusiastic supporters (mainly grandparents and over 60's!) travelled the entire 48 mile length of Manchester’s Metrolink tram network, visiting all 77 stations and registering 155 stops. In so doing they raised over £5,000 to help maintain Delamere's support for Club Tikva and JSENSE.


Bellaballoons ImageOn completion of their eight hour challenge across the network, they  visited Bury Town Hall where they were greeted by the Lord Mayor (Councillor Sharon Briggs), Lady Mayoress (Mrs Shirley Rabbitt), and Mayor Elect (Councillor Michelle Wiseman).


The "Tramathon" idea had the official support of Transport for Greater Manchester (which owns Metrolink).


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