6th Dec, 2016

Oxjam event aims to raise vital funds for international aid charity

Shaun Reynolds 5th Oct, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A FUNDRAISING concert to raise vital funds for one of the UK’s most recognised charities is set to take place in Coventry this month.

Oxjam was introduced ten years ago as charity bosses encouraged festival lovers to don their wellies for one last time during the year and celebrate music while raising funds for the charity and to fight poverty.

And now Coventry is getting involved with the popular October only event as the Ivy House prepares to host a day of fun-filled, music-fuelled activity in aid of Oxfam on Sunday, October 23.

Since its introduction, more than 1.3million people have visited an Oxjam event and an estimated £2.8million has been raised for the charity – which provides vital aid to some of the world’s poorest areas.

Popular figures including Jarvis Cocker, Fatboy Slim, Damon Albarn and Hot Chip have all performed at Oxjam event, and this year’s Coventry event is aimed at showcasing local talent.

With acts including The Press, What’s Left and The Upsiders all taking to stage, event organiser Charlotte Edginton is hoping the support of the Coventry public will help raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

She added: “Oxjam is a great way to enjoy good music, meet new people and raise vital funds for this amazing charity that can often get pushed aside.

“I signed up by entering Coventry as my city and then simply creating a gig – people do it all over the UK.

“I’m a musician myself so thought it’d be a good idea to put this show on as I’ve never organised something like this myself.

“Music is pretty much my life – I’m hoping plenty of people will back the event and support this wonderful charity.”

The event will start at 4pm with an acoustic session in the cocktail bar while four bands and two DJs will entertain guests until late.

Charlotte said: “I came across Oxjam and was instantly interested in finding out more – it seemed like it was more than just a ‘coffee morning’ and sounded like good fun.

“I’ve already managed to raise £100 and I’m hoping to sell 250 tickets at £5 each.

“As this is the first event I’ve ever managed I thought it would be a good idea to highlight some local talent too, I’m extremely excited for the night.”