Rough diamond to support rough sleepers

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A West Yorkshire-based homelessness charity is hosting its third annual ball next month.

Local businesses are invited to attend Simon on the Streets’ event, dubbed the Rough Diamond Ball, at The Queen’s Hotel in Leeds on Friday 19 May 2017.

The event, sponsored by Brighouse-based Yorkshire Payments, will include a glittering gala dinner with wine, live music, dancing, and the opportunity to win a genuine ‘rough cut’ diamond.

Founded in 1999, Simon on the Streets is an independent charity, working with local people who are affected by homelessness and rough sleeping. The organisation offers street-support to individuals who have complex needs and cannot access mainstream services, due to deep-rooted psychological issues or mental illness.

As part of this year’s auction and raffle, one lucky entrant will be presented with a genuine ‘rough cut’ diamond, donated by Bingley-based Iain Henderson Designs Ltd, an independent, Yorkshire jeweller.

Tickets for the event, which include a red-carpet arrival, sparkling wine reception, private bar, three course meal, a silent auction and live music, are £60 each or £600 for a table of ten.

Iain Henderson, founder of Iain Henderson Designs Ltd, commented: “We are proud to support Simon on the Streets by supplying a rough diamond for this year’s Rough Diamond Ball and we are incredibly excited to see who the lucky winner is. Our diamonds make the perfect prize and the lucky recipient will be able to create a bespoke piece of jewellery for themselves or a loved one.”

Simon on the Streets development manager, Sue Oliver, commented: “We’re delighted to be hosting our annual Simon on the Streets ball next month and we are very appreciative to Iain Henderson designs for kindly donating the apt ‘rough’ diamond. We look forward to welcoming a variety of different businesses from across the region, to celebrate the charity’s achievements, network and raise the necessary funds to ensure we can continue to deliver our invaluable services. The rate of homelessness in city centres is still disturbingly high and as such, the services we provide are key in tackling the problem. As an independent charity, we do not receive any public funding and so we rely on the kind support of businesses and other fundraising initiatives to operate.”

To find out more about the Rough Diamond Ball or purchase tickets contact Sue Oliver at