HOSPITAL workers used an annual staff event to raise hundreds of pounds for the Grace House children’s hospice.
Nurses and doctors from Sunderland Royal Hospital attended their staff benefits day at the facility’s Education Centre.
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust donated £1 to Grace House for every employee completing a survey.
A quiz was also held to boost the total.
A cheque for £540 was handed over by City Hospitals Sunderland chief executive Ken Bremner to Karen Maclennan, senior fund-raiser at Grace House.
Work is under way on the hospice, in Southwick which is expected to be completed later this year.
It will provide palliative care for youngsters in Sunderland as well as the rest of the North East.
A spokesman for City Hospitals Sunderland said: “We are proud of the service we offer the people of Sunderland.
“Integral to that is the quality of our staff, and we have developed a reputation as well as a range of staff benefits, support and advice, that attracts people from all over the country to come and work with us in Sunderland.”
Karen, from Grace House, said: “It was a lovely surprise to be nominated to benefit from the staff survey and to go along to the staff benefits day and meet everyone.”