Oxfam trek volunteers offered music festival stewarding role

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MUSIC fans are being offered the chance to work as stewards at one of this summer’s biggest festivals if they first sign up to volunteer at a sponsored charity walk in the Yorkshire Dales.

Oxfam is offering 150 people who help out at its Trailtrekker event in June the chance to be stewards at either Glastonbury or Leeds festivals later in the summer.

Stewards at Glastonbury and Leeds get to see the festivals from the inside, general stewarding work including staffing gates, checking tickets, patrolling campsites and watching out for overcrowding – but not cleaning toilets or security work.

Oxfam will give priority for Glastonbury and Leeds stewarding to anyone who signs up to be a volunteer at Trailtrekker before Saturday, February 26.

Trailtrekker is a 100km non-stop sponsored walk through the Yorkshire Dales, starting and ending in Skipton. Hundreds of people took part in last year’s event, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for Oxfam. This year’s event takes place over the weekend of June 4 and 5, and as with previous years Oxfam need around 200 volunteers to help out with tasks such as registering walkers as they arrive and making cups of tea at the finish line. The Yorkshire Post is media partner for the event.

Oxfam fundraiser James Terry said: “Trailtrekker volunteers play an essential part in the smooth running of the event from start to finish - whatever you can do to help will make a difference.”

As well as receiving priority for stewarding roles at Glastonbury or Leeds, volunteers also receive free food and camping over the Trailtrekker weekend.

Anyone wishing to sign up as volunteer should visit www.oxfam.org.uk/volunteertrailtrekker. Applications must be received by midnight on February 26 to be eligible for the Glastonbury/Leeds festivals offer.