Hatfield music festival raises bumper amount for charity Willow

PUBLISHED: 14:42 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:13 21 July 2017

Willow volunteers at Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield House [Picture: Jean S. B-C. Mower-Allard]

Willow volunteers at Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield House [Picture: Jean S. B-C. Mower-Allard]

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Generous festival-goers in Hatfield look to have raised more than £10,000 for a Welwyn Garden City-based charity.

More than 8,000 music fans attended the annual Folk by the Oak festival in the grounds of Hatfield House on Sunday.

The folk and acoustic festival’s chosen charity each year is Willow, which is based in Fretherne Road, Welwyn Garden City.

Founded by Bob and Megs Wilson in memory of their daughter Anna, Willow provides ‘Special Days’ for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds.

And folk fans dug deep for the national charity at Sunday’s sold out Folk by the Oak.

Willow volunteers at Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield House [Picture: Jean S. B-C. Mower-Allard]Willow volunteers at Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield House [Picture: Jean S. B-C. Mower-Allard]

A bumper £6,608.81 was raised from audience donations, with a record number of raffle tickets purchased by revellers on the day – 1,489 to be exact.

The fabulous Willow retail pop-up shop was also a huge success, raising £1,500 on the nose thanks to a small donation of a few pounds from some kind soul determined to round it up.

Willow volunteers also received over 200 donations of pre-loved items for its shops.

And with the festival’s donation of 50p per ticket sold still to be confirmed, as agent ticket sales reports are still coming in, organisers are looking at over £10,000 raised for Willow at the event’s 10th festival.

An update on Willow’s Facebook page read: “A huge thank you to everyone at Folk by the Oak who helped support Willow at its amazing 10th anniversary.

“The event at Hatfield House was an 8,000 sell-out and raised a fantastic amount for Special Days thanks to great raffle ticket sales and our extremely popular – and hugely successful – pop-up shop.

“The music was awesome too!”

This year’s 10th Folk by the Oak featured sets by Leveret, This is the Kit, acoustic blues legend Eric Bibb, Shake the Chains, Show of Hands and Kate Rusby.

Levellers closed the main stage, performing their Levelling the Land album live in its entirety, accompanied by the festival’s trademark fireworks finale.

Over on the Acorn Stage, music fans saw the likes of Kitty Macfarlane, Patch & The Giant and headliners Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys.

Folk by the Oak traditionally takes place the day after the annual Battle Proms concert at Hatfield House.

Battle Proms is due to take place in 2018 on Saturday, July 14, with FBTO scheduled to return on Sunday, July 15.

Willow volunteers at Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield HouseWillow volunteers at Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield House

• For more on Folk by the Oak, visit www.folkbytheoak.com

Willow's pop-up charity shop at Folk by the OakWillow's pop-up charity shop at Folk by the Oak

Willow community fundraiser Katie Fisher on stage with Ruth Smith at Folk by the Oak Willow community fundraiser Katie Fisher on stage with Ruth Smith at Folk by the Oak

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