Matt’s a brick for Grace House

Matt Baker with his brick for Grace House Hospice.
Matt Baker with his brick for Grace House Hospice.
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GENEROUS Wearsiders can have a permanent reminder of doing their bit for a hospice for seriously-ill children.

The Grace House Appeal has begun selling bricks for the Walk of Life pathway at the Sunderland hospice, which is now under construction.

Easington-born TV presenter Matt Baker, a long-standing supporter of the charity, was among the first to have his name engraved on to one.

They will be part of the special walkway at the hospice in Southwick, which will be the only one of its kind in the North East.

The stones cost from £50 for a red or buff single brick, £100 for a red or buff double brick, £500 for a medium sized granite stone and £1,000 for a large granite stone.

They are designed as a way of raising money for the charity, while also making individuals and businesses an integral part of the hospice.

Each is engraved with a personal message, as a lasting tribute of support to the millions of pounds raised to make the dream of a hospice in the city for children into a reality.

Kathy Secker, broadcaster and founder of the Grace House Hospice Appeal, said: “Buying a brick is a great way to support our appeal.

“It gives you the opportunity to leave a permanent record of your donation.”

Bricks can be donated by anyone such as families, schools, companies and other organisations and be inscribed with personal messages.

Because they will form an area where the children and their families will spend time together, the charity is asking for the messages on the bricks to be uplifting and not act as memorials.

Work on Grace House is underway.

Once complete, it will provide specialist care to children with life-limiting conditions and their families across the region, from the borders to Teesside.

Anyone interested in finding out more about buying a brick for the Grace House Walk of Life, should contact the appeal office on 516 6302 or visit the charity’s website at

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