Festive fun at Sunderland’s Grace House

Grace House held its Christmas Fayre. Poppy Gibsonlillie, five, meets Santa.

Grace House held its Christmas Fayre. Poppy Gibsonlillie, five, meets Santa.

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Youngsters and their families enjoyed getting into the festive spirit at a city respite centre’s annual Christmas fair.

Stalls, sales, arts and crafts activities as well as tombolas took place at the Grace House event in Southwick.

Visitors also got the chance to warm up with a hot drink and have a slice of cake.

Queen Elsa from the popular children’s film Frozen will arrive accompanied by Santa’s elves.

Children also got to step into the sensory grotto and meet Santa and his helper, listen to a Christmas Story and receive a small gift.

Dr Karen Parry CEO of Grace House said: “This is one of the last opportunities for people to have a look around the building and see the facilities.

“Once the disabled children we are working with have picked their rooms and are staying overnight, visits will be by appointment only and restricted to certain areas of the building.

“We are really grateful to Oak Tree Farm, Pixie Dust Entertainment, Wearside Farm and fantastyfairytalesnortheast for supporting our event.

Grace House is a local charity working with families from across the north east whose children have complex disabilities, health needs and life limiting conditions.

The centre’s mission is to make a positive difference to the lives of disabled children and their families.

The centre’s main service is the provision of specialist overnight short breaks for children aged five to 18 who have complex disabilities, health needs and life limiting conditions.

Children come and stay at the building and have the time of their lives, while their families get to take a break and recharge their batteries.