Grace House Hospice taking shape

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WORK on Grace House Hospice is taking shape.

The steel structure of the building, in Southwick, is now in place.

Broadcaster Kathy Secker, who founded the appeal, has visited the site to check on progress.

Kathy said: “I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to see the hospice going up so quickly. Just a few weeks ago, the site was mud and rivers of concrete.

“Now it is really starting to take shape. This is what all our supporters and donors have been working towards and we are so grateful for their continuing support.”

When finished, the site will care for children across the North East who have life-limiting illnesses.

Allan Thompson, managing director of Gentoo Construction said: “With the steel frame now in place and brickwork under way, the building is taking shape. This is a very exciting stage for the project and the supporters of this fantastic charity.

“Gentoo is proud to be working in partnership with the Grace House team to deliver the first stand-alone children’s hospice in the North East.

“This high-profile development offers an opportunity for like-minded organisations to work collectively to ensure the benefit of every penny raised by the charity is maximised in delivering Grace House and its much-needed specialist care for children and families in the region.”

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THE good news about the hospice’s construction comes as organisers call on more people to enter this year’s Race for Grace.

The event, on Sunday, September 25, is £10 for adults and £5 for children.

Those taking part in the 5k fun run/walk will get a T-shirt, medal and goodie bag.

Fund-raiser at Grace House, Karen Maclennan, said: “Entries are flooding in and it is looking to be another successful Race for Grace.

“There is still time to enter and there will be lots of fun events going on, including speed ball and sporting activities with NE Sport and children’s Go Karting with Go-Kart Party.”

To find about more about how to enter the Race for Grace call 516 6302.