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Power worker ‘busks’ for Age UK

An East Malling power worker lit up his colleagues’ day by ‘busking’ online, raising £150 for Age UK.

From News & press - 15 April 2021 12:00 AM

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Music lover Jeremy Mills, who has played guitar for over 40 years, invited donations for an online charity gig exclusively for colleagues at UK Power Networks to help raise money for services that provide companionship, advice and support for older people facing later life alone.

‘I Am A Rock, I Am An Island’ by Simon and Garfunkel and the Kinks ‘Sunny Afternoon’ featured on his play list to help his colleagues through lockdown and look ahead to the summer.

Jeremy, a coordinator for new street lighting, has given charity performances at the firm’s office in Bircholt Road, Maidstone, but this was his first performance from his home office, due to lockdown.

He said: “I hadn’t performed in over two years and only ever played to small crowds so I was trembling like a leaf, but I was all right once I got started. It was good fun and I hope everyone enjoyed it while donating to a good cause. Looking out for older people and keeping them safe during the pandemic has been a priority, so I’m proud we’re supporting Age UK.

“I’ve played guitar since I was eight as my parents used to take me round folk clubs when I was growing up. I’m a ‘folkie’ and love blues, folk and pop music. I have a bass guitar, banjo and four other guitars that I like to play, just for the fun of it. When I have played at open mic sessions it didn’t matter what people were singing and whether they were any good, it was as much about meeting up.”

Jeremy has an eclectic musical taste spanning the 1960s, 70s and 80s. “When I was 10, instead of liking A-ha and Wham, I was into Sex Pistols and The Clash, then psychedelic rock like Jimi Hendrix and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club and I love the 1970s glam rock, like T.Rex and anything by Simon and Garfunkel.”

Throughout April, UK Power Networks is running a company-wide raffle, which has already raised more than £1,100 for Age UK, building on the fundraising efforts of employees so far this year.