Brave Mayor of Camden goes over the top in charity abseil

The Mayor of Camden, Councillor Abdul Quadir, descended the town hall by rope this morning (Thursday 19 April) as he completed a challenging abseil to raise money for a hearing loss charity.

The Mayor was joined by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Nasim Ali and representatives from Camden Police and council contractors, Lakehouse in the 85-foot plunge to raise money for Action on Hearing Loss. Fifty Camden Council employees are also set to abseil throughout the day.

Having lost his hearing more than 30 years ago, Councillor Quadir pledged to spend his Mayoral year raising awareness of hearing loss and fundraising to set up the charity’s ‘Hear to Help’ service that will provide life-changing support to hearing aid users in the borough.

The abseil was kindly supported by the Metropolitan Police rope team who provided ropes and safety equipment, and council contractors Lakehouse who provided scaffolding.

To donate to the Mayor’s charity, visit or text 70070 with the code ‘HEAR12’ followed by the donation amount. 

Mayor of Camden, Councillor Abdul Quadir said:
“That was a very challenging way of descending the town hall – and I must say I’m really glad to have my feet firmly on the ground again!

“Today has been a very special day for me. It was wonderful to see people conquering their fears and raising money for a charity so close to my heart.

“It has been a true testament to generosity and bravery and everyone who has taken part will make a real difference to the everyday lives of people in Camden.”

Emma Harrison, Director of Public Engagement for Action on Hearing Loss said:
“We are very grateful to the Mayor for going to such extraordinary lengths – and heights – to fundraise for Action on Hearing Loss.

“During the last 12 months, the Mayor has shown tremendous commitment to improving the lives of people with hearing loss across the borough. We’re lucky to have such an inspirational ambassador championing our cause in Camden!”

Notes for editors

* To donate to the Mayor’s charity, visit or text 70070 with the code ‘HEAR12’ followed by the donation amount. 

* Action on Hearing Loss is the charity working for a world where hearing loss doesn't limit or label people, where tinnitus is silenced – and where people value and look after their hearing.

* For further information about Action on Hearing Loss or to become a member, visit, contact the Action on Hearing Loss Information Line on 0808 808 0123 (freephone) or 0808 808 9000 (textphone) or email:

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