A CITY hospice has given a massive thanks to the Echo for its continued support as part of this year’s Local Newspaper Week.
The Echo initially helped to launch a fund-raising appeal for Grace House Hospice back in 2002.
The vision of veteran braodcaster Kathy Secker, hospice patron, it will soon be open and caring for poorly children from across Wearside and the wider North East, who are battling serious conditions.
It is named after Grace Jones, who was born with a mystery illness which has left her severely disabled and unable to speak.
Millions of pounds have been raised towards the Southwick centre.
We have also given our backing to the hospice’s charity run, Race for Grace, held each year.
The theme of the Local Newspaper Week this year is “making a difference”, something which hospice bosses agree the Echo has done for them.
Fund-raiser for Grace House Hospice, Karen Maclennan, said: “We appreciate enormously the exceptional support that the Sunderland Echo has given to our charity.
“From raising awareness of the need for Grace House to publicising our fund-raising events, the Echo has kept its readers informed of our progress, as well as giving us the opportunity to thank our donors publicly for their help and support.
“The Echo champions the cause of many well deserving charities, and we feel extremely fortunate to be one of them.
“Thank you Sunderland Echo, you really do make a difference.”
Although millions of pounds have been donated by the kind-hearted Sunderland public, the hospice still needs more money towards running its costs.
For details about the hospice, go to www.gracehouse.co.uk.