A fundraising stalwart says he has become ‘very disillusioned’ with organising events after being left out of pocket following his latest charity night.
Sutton father and son, Andy and Dan Collins, who are regular charity night organisers under the name Venus Sound, had planned a disco at the Intake Club in Mansfield on Saturday evening.
But despite extensive advertising and promotion, Andy said he was ‘disappointed’ with the turn out, which amounted to around 80 people.
The night was set up to raise money for King’s Mill Hospital. However, he said many of those who attended were either family or friends, or had been given promotional tickets.
Andy said: “We sent many tickets out and gave them away, and had it not been for our family and friends there would have been very few turn up.
“I’m very, very disillusioned to tell you the truth, especially when you do something to try and raise money for the hospital.
“I put around £150 worth of stuff in for the raffle, and we only raised £100, so I’ve been left out of pocket.
“It’s disappointing because of all the hard work that went into this, it even took us three hours to set it up on the night.
“We’d even hired a burger van and that didn’t make any money.
“I expected between 200 and 300 people to turn up.
“We have done probably about 12 of these and it’s always the same old story, and unless Joe Public supports it, there’s not much point.”
Andy and Dan run similar annual fundraisers on New Year’s Eve , which have always proved successful.
Over the past three years they have managed to raise more than £6,000, and they have vowed to continue.
Andy said that overall, £100 was raised for King’s Mill Hospital on Saturday night, money which he is planning to hand over in the near future.