August 31, 2017

Festival Volunteering for Charity

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Jess Frost has been a valuable Legs4Africa volunteer for the last two years. She has fundraised, provided hands on help with local community projects in the Bristol area and is a key champion of the charity when the team attends music festivals.

I was first given the opportunity to volunteer on the charity’s stall at Nozstock festival in summer 2016. As an avid music lover and festival goer myself, the pairing was perfect. Nozstock is a boutique festival based within beautiful Herefordshire countryside. It caters to all music tastes from chilled acoustic sets all the way to reggae and sub thumping drum ‘n’ bass. A safe, family-friendly festival, it attracts artists and festival lovers from far and wide.

I arrived at the festival, erected the tent and then, nervous and excited, went to find the team.

One of my main duties was to supervise the tie dye stand, whereby I helped members of the public (adults and children alike) purchase and tie dye L4A merchandise. The profits from which would go on to help amputees in West Africa to live more independently.

Watching the children’s faces as they created their colourful masterpiece was priceless, whilst their parents absorbed the charity’s heritage and fed it back to their little ones in child friendly and manageable pieces. After a fun day on the stall we were then able to take in the whole festivals atmosphere and enjoy a well earned beer and boogie.

The stand was nestled comfortably between craft stalls, the comedy area and a team of entertainers who brought an infectious energy to the field. Their huge paint fights and subsequent raves being one of the most memorable!

Volunteering for L4A has enabled me to travel, attend fantastic festivals (for free), meet some inspiring members of the public as well as long lasting friends.

No matter what level of support you can offer, the team are so incredibly grateful and welcome any new fundraising ideas. Everything will be considered, the more creative the better!

I volunteer for and champion Legs4Africa with pride and I honestly laugh until my belly hurts and shed a tear with genuine admiration and respect.

Keep up the great work guys!

If you want to get involved with great work and great times with Legs4Africa, why not become a volunteer?