Sunderland toddler group raises more than £8,000 for Grace House

Sponsored toddle walk in aid of Grace House. Middle, organiser Denise Oliver with youngsters

Toddlers used their little legs to kindly raise cash for a Wearside respite centre which helps poorly children.

Boys and girls from St Leonard’s RC Church, Independent Methodist Church and Calvary Christian Fellowship from Silksworth, took part in their annual toddle to raise money for Grace House.

To date the group has raised over £8,400.

All children turned up at wearing fancy dress before the toddle then got underway before arriving at the Independent Methodist Church where party celebrations took place.

Denise Oliver, toddle organiser and who has jointly run the Calvary Christian Fellowship Toddle Group for 28 years, said: “Our annual toddle for Grace House is always a colourful occasion each year we have a wonderful fun filled afternoon supporting a great cause whatever the weather.”

Grace House offers short-break care to severely disabled children and young people from all over the North East.

Run in partnership with Sunderland Care and Support, Grace House provides a home from home where children and young people can come and stay overnight and enjoy the exciting ‘sleep-over’ experience that many disabled children miss out on.

This gives family members an opportunity to have a rest and recharge their batteries, safe in the knowledge that their disabled child is safe, happy and well looked after.

Karen Maclennan, senior fund-raiser at Grace House, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Denise Oliver, to group organisers and all the parents and grandparents for organising the fancy dress toddle and for making it an annual event that is so very special.”

For more information on Grace House and the services they provide visit www.gracehouse.co.uk or call the centre office on 525 2885.

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