Charity Gala Performance & Dinner

On 10th November, I was asked by my favourite charity, The Mayhew Animal Rescue if I could come along to a charity gala night and take some photographs. Try stopping me!

The night was hosted by The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Susie Burbridge in aid of her 3 chosen Charities, The Mayhew, Kidscape and Veterans Aid. It started with a special preview performance of The Lion in Winter at the Theatre Royal Haymarket starring Joanna Lumley [Patron of the Mayhew] and Robert Lindsey, and directed by Trevor Nunn. At the interval, during the drinks reception, we took the opportunity to take some pictures of the Lord Mayor and some of the guests who’s ticket price was benefiting the 3 charities.

Mayhew CEO Caroline Yates [far left] with the Lord Mayor of Westminster [2nd from left] and supporters

Volunteers from The Mayhew Animal Rescue, Kidscape and Veterans Aid were also there to help promote the charities

After the Gala performance, many of the guests had the donated even more money by buying tickets to a charity dinner, hosted and sponsored by the Ritz Hotel, London. They were taken from the theatre to the hotel by a complimentary Harrods bus – it was rather lovely to climb aboard a Routemaster again.

The hotels Marie Antoinette Suite set for dinner


Just one of several very generously donated auction items.

The Lord Mayor gives a very personal and heartfelt speech about the charities she supports.

Our Auctioneer for the evening in full flow and guests were bidding generously

The Lord Mayor is joined by fellow Lord Mayor, of Kensington & Chelsea, Councillor Julie Mills and Actress Ruby Wax

The Ladies who get things done! These 5 gorgeous ladies organised and ran the evening and what a success it was.

I also want to mention that apparently, 3 tickets from the raffle are as yet unclaimed, so if you are the owner of Blue 255, Green 35 or Orange 7 please get in touch with the Lord Mayors office at or contact to claim your prize.