First year English undergraduate, Hannah-Lily Lanyon, reports.
“A collaboration of Wadham Students from across all years came together to create ‘All Under One Roof’; a day of music to raise money for Oxford’s homeless community and vulnerable women. The idea came from recognising the disparity between the privileges enjoyed by Wadham students, who are able to live in a beautiful college for at least two years of their degree, and the crisis faced by some of those outside the University.
Oxford has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the country, and its women’s refuges face closure due to council cuts, so it is important that we do whatever we can to help. So ‘All Under One Roof’ was born, with four acts performing across three hours in the Chapel. Chaplain Wendy Wale believes in opening up the Chapel for people of all backgrounds and faiths to stimulate open-minded dialogue, so allowed us to perform there to encourage a charitable and community-driven way of using the space.
First, we enjoyed music by Georgia Mason and Jack Groom, a duo of first and second year Wadham students who play beautiful acoustic covers of well-known pop songs. This was followed by Haroun Hameed and a collective of other first and second year English students including Samuel Dunnett (Arts Officer), Charlie Powell (a member of the College Chapel Choir) and Francesca Forristal (Garfunkel, Oxford Imps), who played powerful folk ballads including ‘The Old Triangle’. A moving interlude was provided by Kirsty Elizabeth Clark, third year, who charitably took a break from her finals revision to play Bach’s first Cello Suite on the viola. Kiran Leonard followed, a second year student whose recent debut album ‘Grapefruit’ has been met with critical acclaim, and has just come off a national tour. London community choir ‘Angels of Kaos’ finished the day.
We have raised over £660 so far, with a JustGiving page still running. Oxford Homeless Pathways provides vital support to reintegrate homeless and vulnerably housed people back into society through providing computer training, clothes for job interviews and providing an address for job applications. Woman’s Aid saves lives through their support for women leaving abusive relationships, ensuring their safety in the dangerous time of choosing to leave a violent partner. Through donating, you can help ensure that safety remains a right, not a privilege for hundreds of vulnerable people in Oxfordshire.”
Hannah-Lily Lanyon (English, 2015)