Outgoing Mayor makes £90,000 for her charity, Camden Music Trust

As she bows out of her role as Mayor of Camden, Councillor Jenny Headlam-Wells leaves behind the legacy of having raised a record-breaking £90,000 for her charity, the Camden Music Trust.

A cheque was presented to the Trust at a special event in the Mayor’s Parlour on Thursday 9 May.

The Mayor, Councillor Jenny Headlam-Wells, who will continue as a Patron of the Camden Music Trust after she steps down, said: “This has been a wonderful partnership. Thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising during the year.”

Camden Music Trust supports the Camden Music Service to make sure all children in Camden can take part in music-making, regardless of family income or disability.

Esther Caplin, Chair of the Camden Music Trust, said: “It has been a wonderful year. An enormous thank you to the Mayor and her team.”

Memorable fundraisers during the year included an evening with Michael Palin, a discussion event with David Baddiel and Morwenna Banks and the Mayor’s Dinner at the Bleeding Heart restaurant.

Ms Caplin said that part of the funding raised by the Mayor will support a new Peter West Award bursary, in honour of the retiring Head of the Camden Music Service, to support music tuition for a local Camden student.

As well as her support for the charity, Jenny’s year as Mayor has had many stand-out moments, including: renewing the friendship agreement between Camden and Kagoshima, Japan; Lighting a Beacon to commemorate the end of World War One; and a Jo Cox Community Get Together event.

She added, “I was so pleased to meet the first woman Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, just after she was appointed, and to be introduced to the Queen at the opening of the Queen Elizabeth II Children’s Centre.

“And at Christmas pupils from 31 Camden schools raised £6,000 for my charity singing carols at Euston station.

“We were also delighted to be joined by Jon Snow, Ambassador for the Camden Music Trust, at a concert at LSO St Luke’s and to have Suggs agree to become an Ambassador, with a celebration at the Dublin Castle, the Camden venue where Madness started out.”

““It’s been a great privilege to be Mayor. I’ve seen Camden at its best.”