AN HISTORIC church will help form the building blocks for Wearside’s first children’s hospice.
Members of Fulwell Methodist Church and its Thursday Afternoon Club have used charity money it raised to buy specially-inscribed bricks at the Grace House Hospice.
TV presenter Matt Baker is among those who have had their name and message engraved on the bricks which will form a Walk of Life pathway at the hospice which is under construction next to the former Hahnemann Court site in Southwick.
The stones, which are priced from £50 for a red brick to £1,000 for a large granite stone, are designed as a way of raising money for the charity while also making individuals and businesses an integral part of the hospice.
They are engraved with a personal message as a lasting tribute of support to the millions raised to bring dreams of building a children’s hospice in Sunderland a reality.
The Thursday Afternoon Club at Fulwell Methodist Church raised £290 for Grace House, as well as £290 for the Donna Claire Venture, as part of the church’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
Eunice Middleton, organiser at the club, said: “The anniversary committee asked us to do something as part of the church’s celebrations. We had a tea dance with the Bright Street Band and the businesses on Sea Road kindly donated prizes for our raffle.
“The club started three years ago with just 10 people and now we have over 30 people coming along.
“It’s a chance for older people to come along and sit and have a chat, a cup of tea, play bingo and have a sing song.”
Karen Maclennan, fund-raiser at the Grace House Appeal, said: “We were delighted to receive a donation from Fulwell Methodist Church’s charity tea dance as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.
“It is wonderful that they want to use this money for two bricks in the Walk of Life pathway which will be laid in the grounds of the new Grace House children’s hospice.”
For more information about the Grace House Appeal, tel. 516 6302 or visit website www.gracehouse.co.uk