Youngsters using Grace House services get Christmas treat

Santa gives a present to Katie Cruddas at the Grace House Christmas party in Libert Browns, Sunderland. Picture: TOM BANKS
Santa gives a present to Katie Cruddas at the Grace House Christmas party in Libert Browns, Sunderland. Picture: TOM BANKS
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Brave youngsters have enjoyed a festive treat in the run-up to Christmas.

A group of children with complex disabilities, health needs and life limiting conditions who use Grace House respite centre were at a special Christmas party at Liberty Browns in Sunderland.

Santa speaks to Jasmine Ather and Katie Cruddas at the Grace House Christmas party in Libert Browns, Sunderland. Picture: TOM BANKS

Santa speaks to Jasmine Ather and Katie Cruddas at the Grace House Christmas party in Libert Browns, Sunderland. Picture: TOM BANKS

The venue has been a long-term supporter of Grace House and were keen to provide a fabulous day of fun and food for the children and families.

It opened its doors to youngsters who got the chance to meet Santa at his grotto.

Senior fundraiser at Grace House Karen Maclennan said: “We are thrilled to work in partnership with Liberty Browns who are such a big supporter of our charity. It is wonderful that the families who will benefit from coming to stay at Grace House are able to enjoy an early Christmas party. 
“The children are getting to know each other each time they come to Grace House and friendships are starting to blossom.

“Any opportunity for the children to have fun together is great, and it is nice for the families to be able to meet each other in a social setting and do something fun as a whole family.”

Santa gives a present to Jasmine Ather at the Grace House Christmas party in Libert Browns, Sunderland. Picture: TOM BANKS

Santa gives a present to Jasmine Ather at the Grace House Christmas party in Libert Browns, Sunderland. Picture: TOM BANKS

Rachel Thom, who is functions and events co-ordinator at Liberty Browns, said: “We were delighted to open our doors here at Liberty Brown for a very special Santa’s Magical Grotto for the children of Grace House and their families.

“We have been long-time supporters of Grace House and the work they do with children with complex disabilities and life limiting conditions.

“Hopefully we’ve brought a little early Christmas cheer to the children and their families and help make the festive season a magical time for everyone.

“For every ticket sold for our grotto we donate £1 to Grace House to continue to support their great work.”

Santa visits children who use Grace House respite centre at Liberty Browns in Sunderland. Picture: TOM BANKS

Santa visits children who use Grace House respite centre at Liberty Browns in Sunderland. Picture: TOM BANKS