Sunderland’s Grace House respite centre set to open its doors

Heidi Allison as Anna , Abbie Cawood as Elsa and Lauren Amour as Cinderella will be at the Grace house family fun day and summer fair.
Heidi Allison as Anna , Abbie Cawood as Elsa and Lauren Amour as Cinderella will be at the Grace house family fun day and summer fair.
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Children have the chance to meet characters from their favourite movies as Grace House opens its doors to families this weekend.

The respite centre for youngsters with complex disabilities, in Southwick, will open its doors and gardens on Saturday for its first Summer Fair and Family Fun Day.

It is so exciting to be able to open our doors to the public.

Dr Karen Parry

Stalls including Phoenix Trading with greeting cards and stationery, Forever Living, Usbourne Children’s Books, Candy Cart with RJ Party Props, bric-a-brac, Seaglass Creations, a knitted and crochet stall, nearly-new clothing, used books, massage and Reiki sessions will all be in place.

There will also be a Frozen hour between 10.30an and 11.30am, thanks to Pixie Dust Entertainment, while “Ella” from the new Cinderella film will make an appearance, plus bouncy castles donated by Unique Bouncy Castles.

Fund-raiser at Grace House, Karen Maclennan, said: “We will also have vegetables from our edible garden with the opportunity to enjoy rhubarb crumble with custard, made with our own home-grown rhubarb.

“Morning coffee, afternoon tea and refreshments will be on hand throughout the day.

“For children, we are lucky to have a mobile bowling lane with score sheets, strike stickers, certificates and balloons, courtesy of AMF Bowling in Washington.”

Grace House is awaiting an inspection by Ofsted before it begins caring for poorly youngsters.

Chief executive Dr Karen Parry, said: “It is so exciting to be able to open our doors to the public, and invite everyone who has supported us for so long to come and enjoy our summer fair.

“Visitors will see the fantastic facility we have, which will benefit so many families whose children have complex disabilities, health needs and life-limiting conditions.”

Doors open from 10am on Saturday at Grace House.

More information on Grace House and its specialist services or forthcoming events, can be found by going to www.gracehouse.co.uk or by ringing its main office on 525 2885.