In our capacity as cheerleader for industry charities (don't dwell too much on that image), we reckon the Caravan Casino night at London's Café Royal is well worth a plug.

Looking at the invite, it's hard to believe more things could be packed into a single night's entertainment than are currently on offer.

Organised by Caravan, the National Grocers' Benevolent Fund, apart from the casino, there'll be a disco, magicians and impressive raffle and auction prizes. All the action will revolve around a black tie dinner.

The event, sponsored by wholesaler Booker, is open to companies in the industry that can take the pace and can book tables of 10 or less. Miss out or e-mail Cath Marston at Booker ( for tickets.

And once you've had Christmas to recover, you'll want to reserve 24 March, the date of the Confectioners Benevolent Fund's 60th annual Candy Ball at Grosvenor House, London.

Guests will be whisked back to 1947 post-war celebrations, featuring industry stories and memorabilia from that era and cabaret spanning the past six decades.

CBF's hosts for the evening will be president Richard Bishop, chairman of Sugro, and the chairman Mike Denyard, retired sales director of Cadbury Trebor Bassett.

Surely there can't be anything better than letting your hair down in the name of charity? Now, where's the diary?