Perhaps we could be a bit more mindful please of people who put themselves forward to set up and run these events in their spare time, for no pay, for others benefits. If you don’t like what they are doing, then you can always step-up and volunteer to do it yourself.The State is actively pushing to increase the volunteer sector and the directional of travel is clear - some essential services that you and your loved ones rely on today and are provided by the State for a cost, might be reliant on the goodwill of volunteers in the future.
For some, £75 will be a lot to fork out. This parent says that they could, at a pinch, scrape the money together but it will involve sacrifices elsewhere. We aren't told what is being offered for the £75 outlay, but nevertheless the bigger consideration would seem to me to be the cost of not going along with it. Is the child really looking forward to it and how will they feel when they see their friends having a good time together. And let's not overlook the parent. How will they cope with the child's disappointment? This will stay with them for years. For the child it's a one-off never to be repeated event. I don't envy the parent at all in this scenario, but on balance I feel that they personally would feel better within themselves if they can see a way to letting the child participate. It's the sacrifices we make for others that make us better individuals.
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