SUNDERLAND’S Foundation of Light has been named as the nominated charity of the 9th annual Oyster Festival.
The North East do, which this year takes place on September 21, is seen as one of the events of the year in the region’s social and corporate calendar.
The foundation will run a variety of fund-raising activities throughout the day, including auctioning ownership of a racehorse for a year and giving guests the chance to win an Aston Martin car.
Speaking of the event’s support, Foundation of Light fund-raising chief executive Lesley Spuhler said: “We’re honoured to have been chosen as a nominated charity for the Oyster Festival, and would like to thank the event organisers for their consideration and support.
“The Foundation of Light works hard to improve the quality of life for all across the region, often in some of the country’s most deprived areas.
“It is very fitting that guests at this year’s festival will have the opportunity to take part in fund-raising that will benefit their own communities.
“The North East Oyster Festival has a reputation for being one of the region’s most prestigious events and we are proud to be associated with it.”
It will take place in the grand setting of Hardwick Hall Hotel, in Sedgefield, County Durham.
John Adamson, managing director of owners Ramside Estates, said: “The Oyster Festival is a well-established and eagerly-anticipated event.
“The festival attracts hundreds of people every year, many from leading regional businesses, but also lots of groups of friends who enjoy the unique style of entertainment.
“As well as being a memorable day out the Oyster and Lobster Festivals have also raised a significant amount for regional charities over the years and we are delighted to be able to support the Foundation of Light this year.
“The foundation is renowned for its ground-breaking and pioneering programmes and works with thousands of young people in our region.”
The Foundation of Light – formerly SAFC Foundation – is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC and works with more than 40,000 people every year.
The organisation uses the power of football to inspire, involve and educate children, families and adults across the North East through programmes that can improve their lives.
Structurally and financially independent of the football club, the organisation relies on fund-raising for 95 per cent of project costs.