New Sunderland Tesco store opens with £1,000 charity donation

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THE city’s newest supermarket has opened its doors – and immediately helped out a Wearside charity.

Mayor of Sunderland Coun Robert Heron and his wife, Mayoress Juliana Heron, cut the ribbon at the Tesco Extra development in Newcastle Road, Monkwearmouth.

As part of the shop’s opening ceremony, the business handed over a £1,000 donation to Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal.

The appeal is raising funds to open the first stand-alone children’s hospice in the North East later this year. Families from across the region, who are caring for a sick child with a life-limiting illness, will soon be able to benefit from the services and facilities that Grace House, which is based in Southwick, will provide.

Karen Maclennan, senior fund-raiser, said: “We are delighted that Grace House has been chosen to benefit from this £1,000 gift. This money will go towards the running costs, which will include the recruitment of the specialist nursing teams, before we open later this year.”

Store manager Tim Howell said: “We have been working with the Sunderland community for a number of months and are delighted we have been able to offer our latest support to the Grace House Hospice.”

Tim, who has more than 27 years’ experience with Tesco, added: “Our support of the local community will continue now we are open.”