There was a whole lotta love when Boot Led Zeppelin kicked off the launch of Reading’s Oxjam Takeover at the Purple Turtle.
Cheering on the band was an 8-strong group of volunteers determined to pull out all the stops to make this year’s event the best ever.
Funding and Events Co-ordinator Harry McKeown praises his fellow volunteers for doing the leg work in getting local businesses to support the day:
“We want to raise as much money as possible and we’re looking for anyone interested in supporting us.”
Oxjam manage Nigel Millson-Crane added:
“We’re reliant on people’s benevolence, you don’t pay the bands, you don’t pay the venues unless it’s essential.”
He is determined to create a “mini Glastonbury” in Reading town centre with more than 70 bands playing at six venues in the town.
Nigel and the volunteers are busy organising other events in the lead up to the Takeover on October 18 including a curry night and open mic at the Jolly Anglers.
More volunteers are needed to help out on the Takeover day – from manning the Battle Bus to keeping an eye on all six venues – bags of energy and a love of music is all you need.
Being an Oxjam volunteer is great for your social life says Rob Peppard. The 29-year-old moved to Reading a year ago with his fiancé:
“I didn’t know anyone in Reading apart from workmates. Me and my fiancé would definitely recommend volunteering.”