Sunderland supermarket helps children’s hospice

Karen MacLennan of Grace House (centre) celebrating with staff of Sainsbury's Store, Fulwell, after hearing that they have nominated Grace House as their chosen charity for the second year in a row.
Karen MacLennan of Grace House (centre) celebrating with staff of Sainsbury's Store, Fulwell, after hearing that they have nominated Grace House as their chosen charity for the second year in a row.
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CHILDREN’S hospice Grace House is celebrating after being given a guaranteed cash boost.

Sainsbury’s, in Fulwell, has chosen the appeal as its charitable partner for the second year running.

The Station Road store will be raising funds for Grace House, which hopes to have its children’s hospice in Southwick operational at the end of this year.

Customers voted for which charity Sainsbury’s should support.

Store manager Peter Conwell said: “Our colleagues chose Grace House Children’s Hospice because their aims and objectives really touched the hearts of many of our colleagues and customers.

“We hope that this will show our Fulwell customers that we’re passionate to give help and support, through raising awareness and fund-raising, for the Grace House Children’s Hospice throughout the remaining months of our partnership.

“We also hope our customers will join in the fun and support this very worthy cause.”

Karen Maclennan, who is senior fund-raiser at the hospice, thanked Sainsbury’s and said she hoped the partnership would once again prove to be beneficial.

Karen said: “We were delighted when the store announced that they will be supporting us for another year and look forward to working with them again this year.”

Customers can keep up to date with Sainsbury’s fund-raising plans to support Grace House Children’s Hospice by visiting the Fulwell store’s customer noticeboard, situated in store.

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THE Echo’s Hospice of Hope Appeal aims to raise £20,000 for a play park at the Grace House children’s hospice, which is being built in Southwick.

Youngsters at the hospice will be able to use the specialist outdoor area alongside their brothers and sisters, giving them the chance to enjoy playtime together.

You can text a donation by texting PARK12 followed by the amount they wish to donate (e.g. PARK12 £5) to 70070.

Any amount between £1 and £10 can be sent to the charity.

Cheque or postal orders in aid of the appeal can also be sent in, which should be made payable to Northeast Press Ltd – Sunderland Echo Charity Account.

Written on the reverse should be “Grace House Hospice of Hope Appeal”.

They should then be sent to David Allison, Hospice of Hope Appeal, Sunderland Echo, Echo House, Pennywell Industrial Estate, Sunderland, SR4 9ER.

We also want to hear about your fund-raising efforts for the campaign.

Call David on 501 7137 or email him at david.allison@northeast-press.co.uk.