Discover the latest way to help raise funds for Grace House

Grace House corporate tree unveiled. Front from left CEO Victoria Brown, Jane Lertas-Robinson and chairman David Cook
Grace House corporate tree unveiled. Front from left CEO Victoria Brown, Jane Lertas-Robinson and chairman David Cook
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Business on Wearside can support vital children’s respite centre Grace House thanks to a new fund-raising tool.

Bosses at the Southwick centre revealed their corporate tree at a celebration event with some of the first businesses who have signed up to their new corporate packages.

Grace House corporate tree unveiled.

Grace House corporate tree unveiled.

The tree, which is nearly three metres tall, is an eye-catching focal point in the reception area of Grace House.

During the event, key people from each organisation placed their leaf on the tree, displaying their company’s logo, which will be seen by the many people who visit the centre on a regular basis.

The corporate packages have already in a short space of time attracted support from Gentoo, HLA Services, Gravity Force, Simon Berry Optometrist, ACA Financial services, Pickwick Cross, Highly Efficient Heating, Brack Office supplies and Green Trousers.

The packages also include virtual sponsorship of a room, employee volunteering days, use of meeting rooms and networking opportunities

Michelle Meldrum, executive director (operations) at Gentoo, said: “We are delighted to support Grace House through their Corporate Packages.

“At Gentoo, we believe in putting people first and recognise that the services that Grace House provide are invaluable to many families from across the region.

“As one of our corporate charities, we are proudly raising funds for them through an array of events this year.”

Neil Henry, Service and Maintenance Manager said: “HLA Services are proud to support Grace House as we believe it provides an essential service not only to the parents and children of Sunderland but the parents and children of disabled children throughout the North East.”

Grace House business development manager, Jane Lertas-Robinson said: “We are very excited to be unveiling our corporate tree and truly grateful to the businesses that have supported us with this campaign so far. “The corporate membership and packages are an exciting new way for us to engage with all businesses across the region, whilst being able to offer something back in return for their kind support.

“Many organisations now see corporate social responsibility as a key value to their business and this is a great way for them to achieve it.”

The charity welcomes children and young people from across the North East with complex disabilities, health needs and life limiting conditions.

In partnership with Sunderland Care and Support, the facility offers overnight short breaks for five to 17-years and 11 month-olds in a safe environment where children can come and live life to the full. 

For more on corporate packages, contact Jane on 525 2817 or by emailing