Casino workers don denim for Grease-themed hospice fundraiser

Staff at the Gala Casiono drsssed as characters from Grease on Saturday to raise money for Grace House. Pictured l-r are Jordan Reeves, Rachel Quinn, Trevor Kerr,  Jessica Lee,  and Lyana Nevedomskaite.
Staff at the Gala Casiono drsssed as characters from Grease on Saturday to raise money for Grace House. Pictured l-r are Jordan Reeves, Rachel Quinn, Trevor Kerr, Jessica Lee, and Lyana Nevedomskaite.
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GRACE is the word at a city centre gambling spot this week.

Sunderland Gala Casino, in High Street West, has already handed over £5,000 to Grace House Children’s Hospice after funds were raised by both staff and customers.

And tomorrow workers will don their best leather and denim for a Grease-inspired fun event in aid of the charity.

It will feature live entertainment and a buffet as well as the chance to play a “spin to win prizes” game.

The night is being held as the casino announced its intention to carry on fund-raising for the hospice.

Dorothy Foster, club manager, called on the public to support the appeal by turning up at the event.

She said: “Gala Casino Sunderland has supported Grace House Children’s Hospice for the last 12 months and I was delighted to hand over £5,000 which all the staff and customers has helped raise.

“The Grease Night is the launch of our commitment for a further 12 months and to thank all our customers for their support.

“I would like to invite our members and non-members to come along tomorrow for a brilliant night of live entertainment.”

Grace House Hospice, which is being built in Southwick, is due to be completed by the end of this year.

It will care for youngsters with life-limiting illnesses from Sunderland and other areas of the North East.

Karen Maclennan, senior fundraiser at Grace House said: “Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported Gala Casino Sunderland in their fund-raising.

“It is wonderful news that their support will continue for a further 12 months.

“Now that Grace House is built, ongoing fund-raising is crucial for us to equip and run Grace House.”

Non-members can attend the night for free, but photographic ID is required for those 25 and under.

People under 18 will not be allowed to attend.

For more details about the night, call the casino on 510 6400.

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