Ruby Magson as a Festival Concierge!
As an active mentor with Hull Children’s university, I am often given unbelievable opportunities to help out with amazing charities who work all around the world. I was recently asked to help out at the UK’s largest rock festival, Download!
The charity I represented was Child.org who over the weekend taught me all about the work they do in Africa to help out children deprived of education and help teach the importance of equality in poorer areas. For every £5 we were to raise, live nation, the festival management team would match the donation by 100% so the potential was huge from the start.
Arriving on Thursday with my small car filled to the roof with camping equipment for all types of weather (unfortunately I was still cheated by the rain!) the sun was out and we camped right in the centre of Donnington race track, which meant I had to drive round Donnington race course in my little mini cooper to arrive at the ground I would be calling home for the next 4 nights, I won the race of course. So with a great start to the weekend already we settled down and had a team briefing in the main arena, which was fairly empty on Thursday so I was able to take a couple of photos ,featuring grass and not mud, before the masses of crowd arrived!
My first shift was on Saturday morning, as a charity ‘concierge’ I was walking round the campsite asking people if they wanted breakfast and delivering for a donation to Child.org. This seemed to be quite a popular service and a good fundraiser for the charity, I suppose what is not to like about delivered breakfast at a festival? Even those who were expert campers with complete cooking utensils who did not want breakfast, were more than happy to chat with us about the charity and the festival experience they had already had, some even making small donations.
Next it was time for the drinks shift in the main arena! Similar to the breakfast service, to save people a walk to the bar and at risk of losing a crucial spot we could take drinks orders and deliver them for a donation to Child.org. I must admit the more it rained and the more mud that accumulated this became harder to do as the ground became more unstable and it is hard enough carrying a round of 4 pints on solid ground! Over the course of the weekend I was able to speak to so many lovely people from all over, the festival spirit bounced throughout the arena and even though I was working I still felt very involved with all of the festival antics, dancing and making friends with anyone close!
During my breaks I was able to see some of my favourite bands which was an absolute bonus, I met so many amazing people who worked for different charities and cannot wait for another opportunity to do something like it again. However possibly closer to home so I don’t find myself explaining over and over again what a ‘Pattie Butty’ is or ‘Chip Spice!’