A WEARSIDE family has helped supermarket customers and staff launch a fund-raising campaign for the Grace House Appeal.
Twelve-year-old Christopher Lowden, of Seaburn, was accompanied by mum Julie, dad Stephen, sister Sophie, 11, and eight-year-old brother Adam on a visit to the Sainsbury’s store in Fulwell.
Christopher has cerebral palsy and will receive respite care at the Grace House children’s hospice when it opens.
The Lowdens visited Sainsbury’s, in Station Road, which has launched a year of fund-raising for the charity.
The supermarket chose Grace House as its local charity partner for 12 months after customers voted it as their favourite. The charity will benefit from money donated through fund-raising as well as volunteering by staff.
Karen Maclennan, from the Grace House Appeal, said: “We are really excited to be partnering Sainsbury’s Fulwell over the next 12 months and would like to thank everyone in the community who voted for us.
“We will be planning fund-raising activities with the store over the coming weeks and we hope that customers will support the store’s fund-raising efforts.”
The Grace House children’s hospice is currently being built in Southwick.
People across Wearside have raised funds for the charity since it was founded by broadcaster Kathy Secker.
Peter Conwell, store manager at Sainsbury’s in Fulwell, added: “Grace House children’s hospice is such a worthy local cause and we’re pleased and proud to be supporting it over the next 12 months.
“We’ll be letting our customers know of our fund-raising plans and we hope they can join our colleagues in helping to support them.”
For more information on the Grace House Children’s Hospice Appeal, tel. 516 6302 or visit website www.gracehouse.co.uk