Sunderland housing firm helps children’s hospice

Gentoo Chariman Dave Crawford, Founder of the Grace House North East Children's Hospice Appeal Kathy Secker and Gentoo Chief Executive Peter Walls.
Gentoo Chariman Dave Crawford, Founder of the Grace House North East Children's Hospice Appeal Kathy Secker and Gentoo Chief Executive Peter Walls.
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GENTOO’S charity ball proved just the ticket for Grace House.

The housing firm raised £20,000 for the children’s hospice appeal with a dance at the Ramside Hall Hotel. More than 260 tickets were sold for the event.

Grace House founder Kathy Secker said: “Gentoo’s contribution to this project goes far beyond the cheque that I was so delighted to receive last week.

“Gentoo has been loyal, diligent and consistent partners in turning a dream into a unique facility. Their charity ball was a wonderful evening out and £20,000 is a magnificent donation. On behalf of all the children and their families who will benefit from the children’s hospice, I sincerely thank Gentoo and everyone who contributed on the night.”

Helping to make the ball a success were headline sponsors The Works and associate sponsors, Taps, King Brothers, Statex Colour Print, Thompson Building Centres and Opus.

Barry Pollock, director of advertising agency The Works, said: “We have a great working relationship with Gentoo and sponsorship of the charity ball was a clear choice for us.

“As an agency, we enjoyed being part of the planning of the event from start to finish and knowing that we were integral in raising such a huge amount for such a great cause makes it all the more worth while.”

Dave Crawford, Gentoo Group chairman, said: “As an organisation with people, planet and property at the heart of everything we do, Gentoo is delighted to be able to continue to support Grace House and contribute to their future with this donation. We recognise the value and significant difference that it will make to children and families around the North East.

“Without the help of all the local suppliers and businesses during the build of Grace House, we simply could not have achieved the level of quality and design that will be available to families once complete.”

When complete, the new hospice will provide a wide range of support for families, offer respite and terminal care, have a team of dedicated professionals offering the most up-to-date medical skills and palliative care, offer support that is tailored to the needs of the whole family and will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for as long as is needed.


Join the effort

THE Echo is aiming to raise £20,000 to help build a play area at the new hospice.

There are a number of ways to donate towards our Hospice of Hope appeal.

Readers can text a donation by texting PARK12 followed by the amount they wish to donate (e.g. PARK12 £5) to 70070.

Any amount between £1 and £10 can be sent to the charity.

Cheque or postal orders in aid of the appeal can also be sent in, 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”.

They should then be sent to David Allison, Hospice of Hope Appeal, Sunderland Echo, Echo House, Pennywell Industrial Estate, Sunderland, SR4 9ER.

Tell us about it

ARE you planning to hold an event for the Hospice of Hope campaign?

Perhaps you are arranging a jumble sale or karaoke night.

We want to hear about your fund-raising efforts. Contact David Allison on 501 7137 or