Party hard to raise plenty of pounds

Revellers: Clubbers at CADS
Revellers: Clubbers at CADS
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FROM pubs to parties, and a new Sheffield venture wants you to have a good time – in the name of charity.

“The more you party the more you make for good causes,” says Simon Brown. “It’s win-win.”

Here’s how it works: the Sheffield Hallam University architect graduate has set up a ticket-selling website for music events held across the UK. The unusual bit? Some 70 per cent of the booking fee goes not to making a shareholder rich but to charity. The remainder pays wages at the company, which is based in Smithfield and is aptly called Party For The People.

“So for every ticket we sell a couple of quid goes to good causes,” explains 24-year-old Simon of Ecclesall Road.

The venture has already scored £2,500 which it has split between Leeds Children’s Hospital and CRESST, a conflict resolution charity based in Leadmill Road.

Like so many good ideas, it started in a night out.

“I was helping run a night called Dirty Little Secrets at CADS (in Smithfield),” he explains. “One night we went round with a bucket at 3am asking for donations. The response was great. I thought ‘I can take this further’.”

The venture will now host a launch night – a techno party with, naturally, the full ticket price going to charity – on February 14 at The Harley in Glossop Road. More at