Donations coming in for children’s hospice

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DONATIONS are already coming in to the Echo’s Hospice of Hope campaign.

Our appeal aims to raise £20,000 for a play area at the Grace House children’s hospice, which is being built in Southwick.

The park will have specialist equipment so that seriously-ill youngsters can enjoy playtime along with their brothers and sisters.

The Hospice of Hope Appeal was launched on Monday, when Echo readers were asked to text a £1 donation. Already, 397 kind-hearted people have texted their donations, totalling an amazing £979.

Yesterday, the Echo boosted the fund-raising with editor Rob Lawson presenting a £1,000 cheque.

“This is a fantastic start,” said Rob. “We hope the public will continue to support our appeal in aid of this wonderful facility.”

The Grace House Appeal was launched by broadcaster Kathy Secker after it was revealed the North East had the fewest children’s hospice beds in the country, to offer care for youngsters not expected to reach adulthood.

The Echo’s Children of Courage Appeal, launched in 2003, raised more than £90,000 towards the building and equipping of two rooms at the hospice.

l To make a donation towards the Hospice of Hope appeal, text PARK12 followed by the amount you want to donate, eg PARK12 £1 to 70070.

Any amount between £1 and £10 can be donated. Readers can also send in cheques or postal orders, which should be made payable to Northeast Press Ltd – Sunderland Echo Charity Account.

Written on the reverse should be “Grace House Hospice of Hope Appeal”. Cheques can be sent to David Allison, Hospice of Hope Appeal, Sunderland Echo, Echo House, Pennywell Industrial Estate, SR4 9ER.

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