Tickets available for Mayor's final fundraising push

Mayor of Camden Councillor Sabrina Francis is holding two huge fundraisers to mark the end of her Mayoral year.

An evening with comedian and author Arabella Weir will be held at Lauderdale House, Highgate, on Tuesday,17 May 2022. Arabella Weir, a former Camden School for Girls pupil, rose to fame in the 1990’s through her roles in The Fast Show.

The Mayoral year will then culminate with an evening of food, music and fun at Nola’s speakeasy and cocktail bar in King’s Cross on Thursday, 19 May 2022.

Book tickets:

An Evening with Arabella Weir

  • When?: Tuesday, 17 May 2022. Doors at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.
  • Where?: Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, Waterlow Park, London N6 5HG
  • Tickets: Available now on Eventbrite
  • Ticket cost and details: £15 - includes a glass of wine or a soft drink


  • When?: 7.30-11.30pm, Thursday,19 May 2022
  • Where?: Nola’s, 11 Goods Way, London N1C 4DP
  • Tickets: Email mayor@camden.gov.uk for tickets.
  • Ticket cost and details: Tickets £80 - includes welcome drinks, canapés and bowl food. Choice of beer, wine, soft drinks or spirits and mixers. A pay bar and music will continue until late.

All the money raised will be added to the final fundraising total for the Mayor’s chosen charity Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families. The Mayor has already reached her target to raise £10,000, with the current fundraising total standing at £11,674. Residents can donate to the Mayor’s appeal via her JustGiving page.

The Mayor has received widespread praise for her work to profile the charity, receiving a stream of donations following the recent photo exhibition of single parents in King’s Cross. 

The Mayor has received several large donations to her chosen charity and would like to give special thanks to the £1,700 donated by Film Fixer, the £1,000 given by the Central District Alliance Ltd, the £842 raised by the Woodwind Orchestra and £450 donated by the Kentish Town Library Knitting Group. 

Cllr Francis is Camden’s first Black woman Mayor and has used her platform to speak out on a range of equality issues. In her Mayoral year, Cllr Francis helped open the Transgender Awareness Crossing in Bloomsbury, organised educational, fundraising walking tours in Black History Month and was a speaker alongside David Olusoga at the newly renamed Park View House. 

Councillor Sabrina Francis, Mayor of Camden

I would like to thank everyone who donated to my chosen charity and came along to my fundraising events. Together we’ve helped to champion single-parent families. This money will help to support single-parent families and further tackle the stigma they can face.

“The rise of the Omicron variant in the Autumn limited the amount of in-person fundraising events I was able to host, so I want to bow out with one final fundraising push. Please do join me if you can for what is sure to be an entertaining evening with Arabella Weir or at Nola’s and, if not, I would really appreciate any donation you can give on my JustGiving page.

“It has been a privilege to be Mayor of Camden – and as Camden’s first Black woman Mayor I’ve been really conscious of being a standard bearer for communities who can be unfairly marginalised. Throughout my year I have tried to give back to communities, for instance by supporting Black businesses and creatives though video promotion and helping tell some of their stories. I’ve had residents come up to me and say how much this representation means to them – and I’ve never felt more part of Camden than over the last 12 months.

Councillor Sabrina Francis, Mayor of Camden

Victoria Benson, Chief Executive of Gingerbread, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to the Mayor for her support. It’s such an honour to be her chosen charity. Single parents are amazing but too many are forced to struggle financially, practically and emotionally simply because they are going it alone. Raising children and running a household on one income is extremely challenging under any circumstances, but as living costs and energy bills rise, many single parent families are finding themselves in a desperate situation. Gingerbread’s support can be life-changing for single parents and thanks to money raised by the Mayor, we will be able to help even more single parent families to access the support and advice they need to thrive.”

Other highlights from the Mayor’s year include:

  • Arranging a private viewing fundraiser of The New Stone Age exhibition at the British Museum.
  • Attending the Single Parents Day event at the House of Commons.
  • Re-opening “The Mousetrap” at St. Martin’s Theatre with Michael Ball following the lifting of the Government’s Covid-19 public health restrictions.
  • Supporting small businesses by visiting streateries in the borough and producing a number of promotional videos including for Black Entrepreneurs Event and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day.
  • Planting a tree in Brunswick Square Gardens as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
  • Attending the annual Remembrance services and Holocaust Memorial Day events.