Music festival raises more than £7,100 for Hatfield-based charity

PUBLISHED: 16:20 02 November 2014 | UPDATED: 16:20 02 November 2014

Willow staff display how much Hatfield House music festival Folk by the Oak raised for the charity this year

Willow staff display how much Hatfield House music festival Folk by the Oak raised for the charity this year

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An annual music festival held in Hatfield has raised a bumper amount for charity this year.

Marilyn Moffat captured the beauty of the harp and the concentration of the performer with this shot of Catrin Finch at Folk by the Oak 2014 at Hatfield HouseMarilyn Moffat captured the beauty of the harp and the concentration of the performer with this shot of Catrin Finch at Folk by the Oak 2014 at Hatfield House

Organisers of Folk by the Oak (FBTO) have handed over a cheque for a phenomenal £7,147.32 to Willow, formerly the Willow Foundation.

FBTO was held in the grounds of Hatfield House during the summer and has now raised more than £38,440 since the festival began in 2008.

Promoters donate money from ticket sales to the Old Hatfield-based charity, which provides special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds, and collections are also held during the festival.

Emma Dexter, marketing manager at FBTO organisers JSL Productions, said: “We were overwhelmed with the generosity shown by our audience to Willow this year and know that the money is going to a great cause.

Folk by the Oak takes place in the grounds of Hatfield HouseFolk by the Oak takes place in the grounds of Hatfield House

“The Willow team are a great team to work with – their volunteers are always full of enthusiasm and passionate about their charity.

“It’s no wonder our audience are so happy to support them in their vital work.”

Willow’s chief executive David White thanked Folk by the Oak fans for their generosity.

He said: “To have the support of Folk by the Oak year-on-year is an enormous boost for Willow, not just the tremendous amount they have raised for us, but also the chance to raise awareness with the thousands of festival-goers that enjoy the event each year.

Kathryn Tickell and The Side performing at Folk by the Oak 2014 in the grounds of Hatfield House [Picture: Helen Meissner]Kathryn Tickell and The Side performing at Folk by the Oak 2014 in the grounds of Hatfield House [Picture: Helen Meissner]

“The charity relies wholly on donations to provide its much-needed service and we simply could not make the positive difference to the lives of so many without support like this.”

Folk by the Oak will return to Hatfield House next year on Sunday, July 19, for another exceptional day of live folk and acoustic music and entertainment.

Emma added: “We look forward to raising even more funds for Willow on the day.”

This year’s showcase featured sets from guitar great Richard Thompson, Beth Orton, Seth Lakeman, Kathryn Tickell and The Side, The Elizabethan Session, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, and Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker.

And promoters are already working on the 2015 line-up, with tickets going on sale in December.

A statement from the organisers said: “We are busy planning next year’s festival and talking to some amazing artists, lining up some great activities and catering, and have some exciting news – we are going on sale in December this year.

“So if you know a Folk by the Oak fan you’ll be able to pop a couple of tickets in their Christmas stocking.”

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


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