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Singer Katie's close shave brings in money for Oxjam
WHEN Katie Herring decided to shave her head for charity, her brother Johnny decided they should keep it in the family and joined her.
After all, charity begins at home.
Miss Herring, 25, from Cowley Road in Oxford, is one of the volunteers helping to organise this year’s Oxjam festival.
The national music festival “takes over” cities across the UK, including Oxford, with live music for one night each year and raises money for Oxfam.
That takeover is set for October 12 this year, but in the run-up organisers have been getting the county in the mood for music with smaller gigs and fundraising stunts.
Last Sunday the Oxford team took over the Swan pub in Wantage with live music, raffles and belly dancing.
They raised an impressive £1,300 – a total which the O2 academy in Oxford has promised to match, doubling the sum to £2,600.
Miss Herring, who works at the O2 academy, used her head-shaving stunt to raise a bit of extra money.
She said: “Having organised Oxjam for the last three years I needed a new way to raise some extra cash.
“I’m really touched by the amount of people who turned up.
“I am especially grateful to [landlord] Craig Gradwell and the team at the Swan for helping us raise so much money for such a fantastic cause.”
Performers at the Swan included female-fronted rockers Orchard Hill, formerly Disclosure, blues man Tom Bellinger and Swan favourite Dave Oakes.
After her hair was removed Miss Herring took to the stage herself to sing with her samba-pop sextet Duchess, keeping everyone on their feet for the rest of the night.
- On Saturday, October 12, the Oxjam team will take over Oxford venues including The O2 academy, St Michael’s Church in Cornmarket Street and the New Road Baptist Church. The team is aiming to raise £8,000
- To keep up to date on band announcements or buy tickets go to oxjamoxford.co.uk
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