Folk by the Oak festival at Hatfield House raises more than £7,000 for charity

The Elizabethan Session performing at Folk by the Oak 2014 in the grounds of Hatfield House [Picture: Helen Meissner]

The Elizabethan Session performing at Folk by the Oak 2014 in the grounds of Hatfield House [Picture: Helen Meissner]

Helen Meissner

A crowd of nearly 6,000 enjoyed a day of live folk music in Hatfield on Sunday – and raised thousands of pounds for charity in the process.

More than £7,000 was raised for the Willow Foundation at this year's Folk By The Oak festival in the grounds of Hatfield HouseMore than £7,000 was raised for the Willow Foundation at this year's Folk By The Oak festival in the grounds of Hatfield House

Folk by the Oak 2014 at Hatfield House raised more than £7,000 for the Old Hatfield-based Willow Foundation.

It was the seventh time the festival of folk’s finest acts had taken place in the grounds of the Hertfordshire stately home.

And festival-goers were treated to the exceptional talents of artists such as guitar legend Richard Thompson, BRIT Award winner Beth Orton and folk favourite Seth Lakeman, while volunteers for Willow were on site collecting funds from the audience.

Willow has been Folk by the Oak’s chosen charity since the festival began in 2008, and 50 pence is donated to the charity by the festival organisers for every ticket sold.

Co-founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson and his wife Megs, it is the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40.

This year, Folk by the Oak promoters expect to donate more than £2,500 from ticket sales and concert profits, and Willow bosses have confirmed that in excess of £4,500 was raised from audience donations – with the total likely to rise.

Emma Dexter, marketing manager for Folk by the Oak, said: “We are delighted to be working with Willow again.

“We feel it is important for events such as Folk by the Oak to give something back to the community, and our ongoing relationship with Willow allows us to do this in a very special and positive way.

“We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the kind people who joined us at Hatfield House this year and gave so generously to Willow.”

Folk by the Oak will return to Hatfield House next summer on Sunday, July 19, 2015.

* You can find out more about the festival at www.folkbytheoak.com and the Willow Foundation at www.willowfoundation.org.uk

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