Help Sunderland children’s hospice in £50,000 from Big Lottery Fund

Frank Dunne, left, with fellow members of the Sunderland Circle of the Catenian Association, presenting a cheque for �1,000 to Karen Maclennan Senior Fundraiser for the Grace House Children's Hospice Appeal.
Frank Dunne, left, with fellow members of the Sunderland Circle of the Catenian Association, presenting a cheque for �1,000 to Karen Maclennan Senior Fundraiser for the Grace House Children's Hospice Appeal.
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WEARSIDERS can help Grace House hospice secure tens of thousands of pounds in vital funding.

The Southwick hospice has been shortlisted for the People’s Millions 2013, a competition run by the Big Lottery Fund.

Bosses are looking to get almost £50,000 from a funding pot which will go towards creating a fully accessible garden, including a sensory garden and vegetable patch.

They say the project will bring together hospice users, Sunderland schools and the wider community to develop a therapeutic and welcoming environment for terminally ill children and their families, while educating people on the benefits of growing produce and healthy eating.

Grace House is to go head to head with another organisation this Monday and whichever project receives the most public votes will be awarded the funding.

The phone number needed to call in order to support the hospice will not be released until Monday itself.

Grace House will have all the details on their website www.gracehouse.co.uk and on their Facebook and Twitter pages from Monday morning.

Meanwhile benefactors have given the hospice a timely boost with a £1,000 donation.

The Sunderland Circle of the Catenian Association, a non-political organisation for active Catholic men, handed over the cash.

While not primarily a fund-raising body, Catenians do support charities and interests.

The association itself has two charities, a benevolent fund for its own members and their dependents, and a bursary fund which helps young Catholics who take part in community-based projects.