Sunderland’s Grace House Children’s Hospice wins £50,000 for new gardens

There were cheers of delight at Grace House when the news came through that they had won the Tyne Tees News Competition for a �50,000 prize to create a community garden.

There were cheers of delight at Grace House when the news came through that they had won the Tyne Tees News Competition for a �50,000 prize to create a community garden.

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A CHILDREN’S hospice is celebrating winning a massive £50,000.

Sunderland’s Grace House Children’s Hospice Garden appeal was up against Newcastle’s Ouseburn Farm Charity in the battle to clinch the money from The People’s Millions.

ITV Tyne Tees broadcast the plans for both charities, and viewers were asked to vote for a winning cause. Grace House fund-raiser Karen Maclennan said everyone was thrilled when they heard they had won.

She said: “To get this fantastic news the people had chosen us for the money was very emotional.

“We just want to say a massive thank-you to everyone who took the time to pick up the phone and vote for Grace House.”

The money will be used by the appeal’s organisers to design and create garden areas at the hospice in Southwick. They will be used by children and families visiting for respite care, as well as others.

Karen added: “The local communities have helped us build and equip Grace House, and this is about us giving something back by creating a shared community garden for everyone to enjoy.”