Thanks to another major legacy, we are delighted to announce a further major new round of grants amounting to over £100K to Jewish schools and specialist educational service providers. These are a select group of high quality organisations who have impressed us with their service quality, ideas and effectiveness in using our previous financial support.  The new funding will go to projects and services which will benefit many Jewish children with special eduactional need across Greater Manchester.

We are proud to make these awards in honour of the late Janette Cattan whose very generous legacy made the funding possible.

Janette was born in Manchester in 1920 to Rabbi Shemtov Gaguine who came from a famous Moroccan Rabbinic dynasty and held major positions in the UK Sephardi community.  With this background it is natural that Janette was always very proud of her Jewish heritage and faith. During the second World War, Janette was a teacher at a Jewish care home in Kent, initially for children who were unwell, then for evacuee children.  She later married a Manchester textile merchant in Manchester where she held various part time teaching jobs.

She was highly creative, and used her amazing cross-stitch needlewok skills to produce many large fine tapestries, often illustrating stories from the Chumash as the picture shows. 

Janette immersed herself in charitable work and fundraising and it was typical of her generous nature that she left a major portion of her estate to charity.


Further details of the Janette Cattan Awards will be announced in Spring 2019 when the benefiting organisations have all finalised the details of their projects.



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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