Midnight walkers wanted to raise cash for children’s hospice

Some of the staff from Tavistock Nursery in Sunderland, who are to take part in the Midnight Walk for Grace House.
Some of the staff from Tavistock Nursery in Sunderland, who are to take part in the Midnight Walk for Grace House.
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NURSERY staff are set to step out under the stars in Sunderland – all for a good cause.

Workers at Tavistock Nursery are preparing to take part in the Midnight Walk for the Grace House children’s hospice.

They will be among hundreds of fund-raisers doing the ladies-only 10k stroll, which follows the coastal path from Seaburn to the Wearmouth Bridge and back.

Caroline Blakie, from the nursery in Sunderland’s Tavistock Place, said: “As a staff team that works in a nursery, we are all dedicated to caring and working with children.

“We support a lot of local and worldwide charities, but when we found out about Grace House, we thought this was a great opportunity to use our staff team to raise money for it.

“All our staff are very enthusiastic to support and join in with the Midnight Walk.”

The Grace House children’s hospice is currently being built in Southwick, Sunderland.

Other firms on Wearside have also pledged their support for the charity’s Midnight Walk, which takes place on Saturday, June 23.

Jodine Milne, UK bus marketing manager of travel firm Stagecoach North East, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting the Grace House Midnight Walk for another year.

“It’s such a great cause, benefiting people across the region we service.”

Karen Maclennan, fund-raiser for Grace House, said: “The sight of hundreds of ladies wearing flashing lights is fantastic.

“It really is a Saturday night with a difference, but we’re not forgetting why all these ladies are taking part to raise vital sponsorship money and help with equipping and running Grace House.

“In doing so, you will help to support so many very sick children and their families from throughout the North East.”

Entry is £15 per person, or £50 for a group of four.

Each walker will get a special Midnight Walk T-shirt, glow stick, keyring and breakfast after passing the finish line.

To sign up for the event, call 516 6302 or go to www.gracehouse.co.uk.

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THE Echo’s Hospice of Hope campaign is raising funds for Grace House.

We’re aiming to raise £20,000 for a specialist play park at the hospice, in Southwick, which will be used by the children staying there, along with their brothers and sisters.

Readers are being urged to make a donation to the appeal, with the total now standing at about £4,000.

You can text a donation by texting PARK12 followed by the amount you wish to donate (e.g. PARK12 £5) to 70070.

Any amount between £1 and £10 can be sent.

Cheques or postal orders in aid of the appeal can also be sent in, 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”.

They should then be sent to David Allison, Hospice of Hope Appeal, Sunderland Echo, Echo House, Pennywell Industrial Estate, Sunderland, SR4 9ER.