Denon Construction will once again be supporting local charities at the 15th annual North East Oyster Festival on 28th September.

The festival, which was set up in 2004, has raised over £500,000 for local charities including Marie Curie, Daisy Chain, Zoe’s Place and this year’s beneficiary Butterwick Hospice.

Joanne Sheader, Financial Director of Denon Construction, said: “We’re very happy and incredibly proud to be supporting the Butterwick Hospice at this year’s event. Butterwick is a wonderful charity that does so much to care for terminally ill people in the Tees Valley.”

Over the last 15 years, The North East Oyster Festival has seen performances from world renowned musicians such as Tony Hadley, Paul Young and comedians Al Murray, Ardal O’Hanlon and Ed Byrne. This year’s headline act will be singer Gabrielle.

Joanne, said: “The Oyster Festival itself is a great team building day for our staff and it helps us to build relationships outside of the work environment and have a bit of fun in the process. It’s also nice to catch up with clients in a less formal setting.

“We went to both the Lobster Festival and the Oyster Festival last year and had a great time.  So, we know we’ll be enjoying ourselves this year.”

The festival also features a charity auction with members of the crowd in with a chance of claiming some great prizes.

“We haven’t got the best track record when it comes to the auction, (last year we bought a picture of two dairy cows thinking it was an auction for highland cattle. Too much Champaign I think!), but it’s always fun to take part!”

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Joanne concluded: “To have the opportunity to support a charity such as Butterwick is a great honour. Illness is something that effects every family in one way or another and to be able to donate to a cause such as this and give something to those with life limiting illnesses is incredibly important.

“I’m a Stem Cell donor myself and I would give my everything to help anyone in need. So many people take good health for granted and I’ve been fortunate enough to have a happy family. It’s up to people who are fortunate such as myself to give something back.”

For more information about the Oyster Festival and how you can get involved in what is described as a ‘fabulous event offering delicious food, fine win and superb live entertainment’ go to: