Supermarket staff raise £3,500 for children’s hospice

The Sainsbury's store at Fulwell, Sunderland, has helped to raise �3,350 for the Grace House Hospice. Karen Maclennan, regional fund raiser for the Hospice Appeal, back, is pictured with Sainsbury's staff, Daine Richardson and  Kelly Stowells, right, and Peter Conwell who did the Great North Run for the charity.
The Sainsbury's store at Fulwell, Sunderland, has helped to raise �3,350 for the Grace House Hospice. Karen Maclennan, regional fund raiser for the Hospice Appeal, back, is pictured with Sainsbury's staff, Daine Richardson and Kelly Stowells, right, and Peter Conwell who did the Great North Run for the charity.
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SUPERMARKET staff and customers have been thanked for their generosity after they raised thousands of pounds for a Wearside hospice.

Sainsbury’s Fulwell, in Station Road, announced Grace House as its local charity partner last year.

A whopping £3,535 has since been generated for the Southwick hospice, which will care for youngsters with life-limiting illnesses.

The hospice is due to open before Christmas this year.

Fund-raising events held by Sainsbury’s included an entertainment night at nearby Mill View Social Club.

Store manager Peter Conwell raised an additional £455 by taking part in the last year’s Great North Run.

Mr Conwell said: “From volunteering to the many fund-raising activities that we’ve held, our customers have been driving force in making our fund-raising efforts for Grace House Children’s Hospice.

“The money we’ve raised is really going to help a local charity that’s close to many people’s hearts in Fulwell.”

Senior fund-raiser at Grace House Karen Maclennan said: “We are very grateful for the support of Sainsbury’s at Fulwell over the last 12 months.

“Their customers have been wonderful too, helping them raise such a fantastic amount of money. Thank you to you all.”

Customers at the store have recently voted for another charity to receive a year’s worth of fund-raising help.

The chosen organisation will be announced later this month.

Sainsbury’s Fulwell has pledged to continue supporting Grace House in the future.

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READERS can donate now towards our Hospice of Hope appeal, which has a target of £20,000 for a play park at Grace House.

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.

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

We also want to know what you are doing for the campaign.

Contact health reporter David Allison on 501 7137 or david.allison@northeast-press.co.uk.