Sunderland’s Grace House respite centre gets a pizza the action

Southwick Community School pupils put hand prints on the new pizza oven at Grace House.

Southwick Community School pupils put hand prints on the new pizza oven at Grace House.

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Children with complex health problems who use a Wearside respite centre now have the chance to grab a slice of the action after a new pizza oven was installed at the site.

A team of four staff from Simon Berry Optometrist and children from Southwick primary school, worked hard at Grace House with Chris Bax from Taste the Wild to create the new addition.

Southwick Community School pupils put hand prints on the new pizza oven at Grace House.

Southwick Community School pupils put hand prints on the new pizza oven at Grace House.

Along with other gardening volunteers, the team worked together to construct the earth oven within the grounds of the centre.

The idea came about after Simon attended a course with Taste the Wild and experienced the satisfaction of building an earth oven. Later in the day, children from Southwick Primary school came to help put the finishing touches to the oven.

The charity, which is based in Southwick, offers short-break care to severely-disabled children aged five to 18.

Dr Karen Parry, chief executive at Grace House North East, said: “Not only will the children learn how different foods are prepared and cooked, they will be able to enjoy a campfire experience in a safe environment. The sensory stimulation of the sight of the flames, the smell of the wood smoke and cooking outdoors might be new to many children.”

“Not only will the children learn how different foods are prepared and cooked, they will be able to enjoy a campfire experience in a safe environment.”

Dr Karen Parry

Simon said: “It’s great to be able to help a really worthwhile charity, and fantastic to see Southwick Primary School getting involved to help disabled children.

“Hopefully we’ll get invited back to taste the first home-made pizzas.”

Grace House are still looking for gardeners to join the community garden project.

Anyone interested in volunteering can email info@gracehouse.co.uk or call 525 2885.