Care home residents raise cash for children’s hospice

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CARE home residents showed their generosity by holding an open day to help a Wearside hospice.

Along with assistance from staff, people living at The Grange, in East Boldon, put on the event to generate money for Grace House Children’s Hospice.

A variety of activities took place, bringing in almost £150 for Grace House, which is due to open in Southwick at the end of this year.

Scheme manager Lisa Steel, of The Grange, said: “It’s gone brilliantly.

“We’ve managed to raise £147.80, which we’ll now give to the charity.

“There was a real community feel to the day, which we are pleased about.

“We asked the tenants here which charity they would like to raise money for and I was a little bit surprised when they said Grace House.

“But they felt that they are deserving of the money, because it is children who are really in need of help.”

Residents at the home had an enjoyable afternoon tea before holding a tombola and raffle which raised money towards the total.

Prizes for the competition were kindly donated by businesses in the area.

Lisa added: “One of the residents was a musician before retiring, so he entertained people for the afternoon, which went down really well.

“I’m in no doubt we will definitely be holding an open day like this again in the future.”

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DONATIONS for our Hospice of Hope appeal continue to flood into Echo House.

Kind wishes have also been coming in, accompanied by money for our campaign, which is trying to raise £20,000 for a play park at the hospice when it is open.

Readers can also text a donation, by texting PARK12 followed by the amount you wish to donate (e.g. PARK12 £1) to 70070.

Any amount between £1 and £10 can be donated.

Donations can also be made by cheque or postal order, which should be made payable to Northeast Press Ltd – Sunderland Echo Charity Account. Written on the reverse should be “Grace House Hospice of Hope Appeal”.

Cheques and postal orders can be sent to David Allison, Hospice of Hope Appeal, Sunderland Echo, Echo House, Pennywell Industrial Estate, Sunderland, SR4 9ER.

If you are holding an event to raise money for the appeal, contact David Allison at or call 501 7137.