Energy firm gives Sunderland children’s hospice a £30,000 boost

Utilitywise team visiting the children's facility.
Utilitywise team visiting the children's facility.
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SUNDERLAND’S Grace House children’s hospice has been handed a £30,000 boost.

The donation from energy procurement specialist Utilitywise will go towards paying the annual salary of the project’s head of care, who will be responsibly for the day-to-day running of the centre.

Grace House founder Kathy Secker said: “Without nursing staff in place – especially the head of care – we cannot begin looking after these poorly children and supporting their families, support that is geared to the needs of the whole family, physical and emotional, for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“The £30,000 donation from Utilitywise will go towards the head of care annual salary, making it an attractive job position within the facility.

“We hope this donation will help to attract the very best in the medical profession to apply for the job so that we can offer the very best level of care and support to sick children and their families across the region.”

Geoff Thompson, CEO of South Shields-based Utilitywise, said: “We’re delighted to make this donation to Grace House Children’s Hospice as it is such a great cause.

“The work the team will deliver will be invaluable to the children and their families.

“The prospect of losing a child is difficult to comprehend, and so if through this donation we are able to help fund the salary for the hospice’s Head of Care, we’re also helping to support families going through the toughest of times.”

The purpose-built hospice will be a home-from-home for children and their parents and will provide a much-needed break for families, giving them the opportunity to enjoy their time together.

It is estimated that when fully operational, Grace House Hospice will care for up to 150 children and families each year.