Music to help ill children at Sunderland centre

Grace's Angels, a community group from South Tyneside community group Grace's Angels, have raised �1,000 towards music equipment for rooms at Grace House North East. From left Grace Angels Lynn Milwater, Grace House Karen Parry and Grace Angels Kylie Strasenburgh

Grace's Angels, a community group from South Tyneside community group Grace's Angels, have raised �1,000 towards music equipment for rooms at Grace House North East. From left Grace Angels Lynn Milwater, Grace House Karen Parry and Grace Angels Kylie Strasenburgh

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Sick children at a respite centre will have the luxury of being surrounded by sound after a kind-hearted group dug deep to raise cash.

Grace Angels, led by Lynn Davis, have improved the experience of youngsters who will use Grace House by fundraising to buy music devices.

I am absolutely over the moon with the total we have raised through the support of my family and friends and their family and friends.

Lynn Davis, of Grace Angels

Lynn asked staff if they could buy something special for the children and it was suggested they raise funds towards CD players, digital radios, docking stations and Bluetooth speakers.

Now there is music in each of the centre’s eight bedrooms, the living room, den, play room and dining room, as well as portable equipment to use outside. Grace House is now awaiting approval from Ofsted before it can begin caring for youngsters with serious and often life-limiting illnesses.

The target set was £958 which it smashed in just two weeks, meaning Grace Angels has generated an astonishing £17,200 in just two years.

Lynn said: “I am absolutely over the moon with the total we have raised through the support of my family and friends and their family and friends.

“I was nearly in tears when friends rallied round to donate the last few hundred pounds to smash our target, so I would like to thank Gina Smith, manageress from The Mechanics Arms in South Shields, and David Charlton.”

Lynn is also helped by her sister Alison, who sells items from her garden to neighbours and friends, and her niece Sarah.

Lynn is a full-time carer for Alison ,who has the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis and who can sometimes need 24-hour care to meet her needs.

Sarah, Alison’s daughter, also suffers from the condition.