Bollywood event raises thousands for Sheffield charity

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Sheffield lawyer Jay Bhayani found a Bollywood way to celebrate her company’s first anniversary.

She threw an Indian ball to give 300 guests from South Yorkshire’s business community a taste of Diwali - the five-day festival of lights.

Bhayani HR and Employment Law hosted a cultural feast of Asian food, music and dance, raising £4,000 for Sheffield-based national epilepsy charity Fable in the process.

Guests wore Asian dress for the event at Attercliffe banqueting suite the Arooj.

“The room looked like a Bollywood film set. I was so touched that people had made such a brilliant effort, dressing to the nines to help me celebrate,” said Jay, whose firm is based at Sheffield Business Park.

Jay’s partner, Alex Barlow of All Beer, created an ale flavoured with cumin and cardamon for the evening.

Sandra Howard, founder of Fable: “This was the first time anyone had staged an event especially for us. We were so touched, and the money raised will help to support our freephone advice line, information and advice centre for families living with epilepsy.”