DJOneDeck aka Gary Boys who lives in Henley and is the resident DJ at The Angel on the Bridge Pub every Henley Regatta and provides the musical entertainment for many other functions like weddings, anniversaries, charity and corporate events around Oxfordshire has raised over £2,000 for the NHS through song requests during his Facebook live DJ set from his home during lockdown.
Gary also runs sales recruitment and career coaching business and has a second job as a DJ, but currently like many entertainers has had all his gigs cancelled or postponed so he signed up like many others to be one of the many volunteers in Henley Mutual Aid Covid-19 group helping those that are vulnerable and isolating in Henley during the day time.
During the week on Monday (from 8.30pm) Thursday (from 7.30pm), Saturday (from 8.30pm), Sunday (from 6.00pm) every week @djonedeck Gary starts off the evening with a theme and then asks for requests based on the theme which changes every night. On Monday, wearing his replica Adam Ant jacket, his theme was best front man, he played Kings of the Wild Frontier to kick the night off. For each song request he asks for a small donation via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gary-boys Gary said, “Like many entertainers because of the lockdown all my gigs have cancelled and so I thought that I would raise money for the NHS with the skills I have which is playing music of all genres and I stream live on social media as DjoneDeck and take requests and interact with a live audience which spans across the globe and all I ask for is a small donation for every request I play.”
Facebook posts have included from Kerry Stanton “God bless you, our super star DJ” and Tracy Hinton, “You are keeping us sane.”
“It took me a while to adjust to performing in more of a broadcasting live streaming environment but my show has now been going since lockdown began and my goal now is to raise my target to £3,000 and I will continue to perform whilst lockdown is on 4 days a week and to keep entertaining.”
The money is going to the NHS Charities Together supporting NHS staff, volunteers and patients impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Gary added, “NHS staff and volunteers are doing amazing work right now in caring for COVID-19 patients. Together, let’s show our respect and gratitude as they work tirelessly in the face of the virus. It’s our turn to make sure we look after them, to ensure they can keep doing their vital work.”
“It would be fantastic if Henley had its own Radio station and we could continue to support the community after the lockdown passes.”