SUNDERLAND’S new children’s hospice has been given a shot in the arm by a North East medicine manufacturer.
The Prudhoe-based business Specials Laboratory, which makes unlicensed medicines – known as “specials” – has chosen Grace House North East as its charity of the year.
The firm has already made an undisclosed donation to the appeal and will fund-raise for the hospice all year.
Head of marketing Jan Armstrong said: “When we heard the North East had the lowest number of children’s hospice beds in the country, I knew we had to get involved with this appeal.
“Grace House will provide a safe and family-orientated home away from home for very sick children with a team of dedicated professionals to offer the most up-to-date medical skills and palliative care.
The Grace House appeal was founded by broadcaster Kathy Secker and is funded solely from donations.
It will provide 24-hour care, 365 days per year to hundreds of families from across the region.
“We are delighted with the support and this marvellous donation from such an esteemed local business,” said Kathy.
“The construction of the purpose-built hospice is complete and the next stage is to employ the required specialist staff.
“The facility has bright, homely rooms for children and comfortable accommodation for whole families. The care and support will be based around the needs of the family in a happy safe and loving environment.
“Children’s hospices receive no statutory government funding. We are appealing to businesses, individuals and families to give their support to Grace House.”
Support for Grace house is the latest stage of The Specials Laboratory’s community initiative programme, which has seen the company raise more than £100,000 for local charities including Tiny Lives, The Alan Shearer Centre and Carers Northumberland over the past 15 years.
To find out more about Grace House, visit: www.gracehouse.co.uk.