Two great gay fundraisers to get behind

Everything you need to know about next week's charity double-header at Café de Paris

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Why simply party when you can party with a purpose? This week there are two great charity events, both at the glamorous Café de Paris and each promoting awareness and raising funds for a worthy cause. Here’s what you need to know.

What is it?

An annual fundraiser for HIV/Aids charities, now in its ninth year. Last year’s event raised more than £15,000 for the Elton John Aids Foundation. This year organisers hope to raise even more for the National Aids Trust.

Who goes?

Celebrity guests have included Leona Lewis, Patrick Cox, Dannii Minogue, Gail Porter, Tim Vincent and Beverley Knight. Organisers are tight-lipped about which celebs may attend this year, but rumours suggest Graham Norton could be present. The crowd is predominantly gay, but gay-friendly straights are more than welcome.

Cost?

£15 or £40 VIP.

Dress code

Though the focus is on celebrating life, the theme of tonight’s party is Dia de los Muertos, or the Mexican Day of the Dead. Masks are compulsory. What else you wear is up to you. As usual, there’ll be prizes for the best costumes. Previous Wig Party events have seen some pretty spectacular hairpieces and outfits, so if you want to be in with a chance of winning, you’ll have to make an effort. If in doubt, think ‘dead glam’.


Diversity Role Models Carnival Fundraiser

What is it?

Diversity Role Models is the name of the charity set up in 2011 to tackle homophobic bullying in schools. Last year’s inaugural event raised £75,000. Money raised tonight will help the charity to send more positive role models into schools to educate young people about the realities of being LGBT and the damage bullying can cause.

Who goes?

Last year’s celebrity guests included Sue Perkins, Alison Moyet and Boy George. This year Gareth Thomas and Charlie Condou are both expected, plus there’s a performance by Jimmy Somerville. The crowd is as mixed as it gets – equal numbers of men and women, LGBT and friendly heteros.

Cost?

£100.

Dress code

Think carnival. There are no prizes for costumes, but there’ll be circus performers, magicians and more.


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