Camden is reportedly one of the loneliest boroughs in the country, with a third of residents living alone. So it’s good that local charity Camden Giving is launching their first official week of fundraising. Why? To lessen these inequalities by increasing connections between communities.
This is the first time the organisation’s testing out this method of fundraising – and it sounds to us like a pretty tasty way to help make the borough feel a little more connected.
Camden Giving Week will see a handful of companies working together to raise £20,000, which will go straight to 700 isolated local people.
And taking part is really simple: buy a crepe, sup on a local pint or chow down on a slice of pizza at any of the Camden cafes or bars participating in the initiative… and there’s a lot of them.
Camden Coffee Co. are donating 10% of every caffeinated-hit to the scheme, Crepes A La Carte are giving away 10% of all lemon and sugar crepe sales, Camden Tea-Shirt are launching a special ‘Camden Giving Tea’ to mark the occasion, and Lockside Camden are creating a bespoke cocktail and hosting a pub quiz (23rd May) with all proceeds going to the charity. Oh and the brain-box winner of said quiz will receive a £100 bar tab, as donated to the charity by Camden Brewery.
What else? Pizzeria Di Camden are designing a sourdough creation – offering £1 from each sale to Giving Week – while Flour Station will be giving proceeds from selected products from stores across the capital to the cause. There’s also a re-usable coffee cup on sale at businesses across the borough and Camden Market will have a curated stall (21-26 May) selling unique eco-products for the charity.
Every quid from that pizza or percentage from that latte goes straight to essential inter-generational projects like North London Cares, an organisation that pairs young professionals with older neighbours.
Main image: Flour Station