Every year the Swanage Folk Festival entertains Swanage and hundreds of visitors with music and dance. As a non profit organisation they donate any surplus funds to local good causes each year.

Handing over a cheque for £1,000 to the WillDoes are Jon Baker, Lesley Paddy and Matt Piper.

Jon said:

“We are really pleased to donate this cheque for £1,000 to WillDoes. One of our aims is to keep traditional folk dance and music alive, especially by helping young people learn and enjoy these traditions. WillDoes is a worthy recipient of a donation as they do amazing work with young people locally. Their aim of helping youngsters connect and engage socially, rather than retreat to more insular gaming and social media pastimes fis something we strongly believe in. Helping young people learn about folk is one way to help them connect and engage. The Folk Festival is a nonprofit organisation, organised by volunteers. If there’s a surplus after the festival, any surplus is donated to local good causes. From last year’s festival is donating a total of £5,000 to local good causes.”

Swanage Folk Festival donates £1000 to WillDoes.

About #WillDoes.

WillDoes exists to help young people achieve wellbeing. They help introduce young people to sports and other activities to help them connect and engage socially, rather than retreat to more insular gaming and social media pastimes, and to develop coping mechanisms to help manage anxiety and emotions, increase self-awareness, developing trust and relationships.


Lesley Paddy (Founder, Chair & Mother to Will) said we are so grateful for the support from Swanage Folk Festival and such a generous contribution to the charity. Music is a great activity for young people to express themselves and enjoy.

The Swanage Folk Festival is self-funded and run solely by volunteers. If we manage to create a small surplus we donate it to local good causes. We rely on your support, please volunteer to help and / or donate.