IT WAS a birthday celebration with a difference.
For Sam Durdey’s 40th she decided to celebrate in style and help a worthy cause in the process.
So along with a group of friends she had a party at Roast Bar in Guildhall Walk and spent time during the night collecting money for Mencap – the UK’s leading charity for people with a learning disability and their families.
Dressed in all kinds of fancy dress outfits, from gangsters to police officers and Wonder Woman to French maids, the group of women managed to collect more than £100 for the charity.
Sam, from Portsmouth, said: ‘It was a night out for my birthday and I thought “why not raise some money for charity too?”.
‘I chose to raise money for Mencap because it helps so many people. It’s a worthy cause.
‘I work at the Co-op in Old Portsmouth and it’s the company’s chosen charity for the year. We’re going to be doing lots of events for them this year.
‘Ricky Hung, the owner of Roast Bar, let us collect money from customers and even donated a lot himself. In the space of 40 minutes we’d collected £100.
‘It was a great night, every one had a lot of fun.’