‘Angels’ to help Sunderland children’s hospice

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A FUND-RAISING team has got off to a flying start in its bid to raise cash for terminally-ill youngsters.

Bar workers have formed Grace Angels to support the Wearside-based Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal.

The first event by the staff at Whiteleas Social Club in South Shields was a 60s and 70s-themed event at the club and raised £900.

Tracey Hilbert, who set up the group, said: “It’s a fantastic amount, and I’d like to say well done to everyone who came along and supported our night.

“Also, a massive thanks to all the Grace Angels and everyone who kindly donated a raffle prize.”

The Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal was founded by broadcaster Kathy Secker in 2002.

It was named after Sunderland girl Grace Jones, now 14, who has a mystery illness which has left her disabled and unable to speak.

It set a fund-raising target of £5million to build, equip and run the eight-bed hospice in its first year.

Purpose-built premises in Southwick are now complete, and it is hoped staff will be in place by the end of the year.

Grace Angels have other events in the pipeline.

Grace Angels members Megan Rutherford and Sophie Barlow will do the Great North Run on Sunday, September 15, and the team will hold a sponsored “onesie walk” from the hospice to South Shields seafront on Sunday, September 22.

A band night is being held at The Mile, South Shields, on Friday, October 18.

Grace Angels are appealing for more volunteers to join them and have asked people to get in touch via their Facebook page www.facebook.com/grace.angels.77.

They have also set up an online donation page.

More details about the work of Grace House and up-coming events can be found at www.gracehouse.co.uk.

The next of its fund-raisers will be a night of mediumship at the Quality Hotel in Boldon on Thursday, September 5, from 6.30pm.