Hatfield House, Herts, Sunday 19 July 2020


Jackie Morris Otters to be auctioned for Folk by the Oak Charity Partner Willow.jpg

We were once again delighted to be working with the fabulous, energetic and very smiley volunteers at our charity partner Willow!

We are even more delighted to report that our our wonderful 2019 Folk by the Oak audience helped us to raise over £10,000

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who joined us and supported Willow at Folk by the Oak. 

Willow Head of Fundraising Maria Alexander has this message for you:

‘We are so grateful for being part of yet another superb year at Folk by the Oak. Thank you to everyone who bought a raffle ticket, visited our Willow tent, made a donation or treated themselves at the Willow pop up shop. We’re delighted to have raised such an incredible amount for Special Days so a huge thank you from everyone at Willow and those who will benefit from your generosity.’

You may be wondering why we haven't given you a final total yet, and the answer is rather exciting. Jackie Morris has asked that we auction the otters she inked live on our Main Stage during the Spell Songs set to raise further funds for Willow!

The auction will be live from Friday 20 September until Friday 18th October. For more details go to https://www.willowfoundation.org.uk/otterauction


50p from every ticket sold for Folk by the Oak is donated to the charity, which is the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.

These are days when they and their families reconnect and refocus on each other while enjoying an activity of their choosing. A day for them, a day about them and a day that will create the memories that will be treasured forever.

For some their Special Day is the opportunity to return some normality back into their lives. For others it is the last chance to fulfil a dream. But for all, at what is often the most difficult of times, a Special Day is a life-affirming experience that can lift spirits, increase morale and reunify families. 

To date we have raised a phenomenal £81,000 through ticket contributions, the generosity of the crowd on the day, and further donations, all going to support Willow's vital work.

Do visit Willow at Folk by the Oak and you will find out more about their wonderful work and the many ways in which you can support them.

Alternatively use the website and social media information below to connect with Willow and find out how you can get involved

Luke's Story

Luke, who was receiving treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he was told about Willow, chose to renew his wedding vows for his Special Day, creating lasting memories for him and all his family

It wasn’t just about renewing our vows; it was about drawing a line under what had been and looking forward to what will be. Planning this day gave us something to think about and look forward to; it gave us a new focus. Now we were talking about what we would do ‘when’ I beat this not ‘if’ I beat this. Thanks to Willow everyone was smiling again and talking about the good day we had just had instead of the terrible year we had just been through.

- Luke: Willow beneficiary -

Becky's Story 

When Becky, from Hertfordshire, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Willow arranged for her and her partner to spend some quality time together at Center Parcs.

For the first time in a long time we were able to just be ourselves, no labels, just a normal couple able to enjoy a very special holiday. The carer became the husband, the patient the wife, the dying started living, the observer the participant

- Becky: Willow beneficiary -