A group of 19 frontline charities from the North of England, the Midlands and Wales have been announced as winners of the 2020 Weston Charity Awards, which received a record number of entries in its seventh year.
The charities, who submitted their entries in January to the Garfield Weston Foundation and leadership charity Pilotlight, will receive a core grant of £6,500 on top of a year of tailored strategic planning support from a dedicated team of four senior business and charity leaders.
Between them the winners provide services to 62,777 people and range in size from £100,000 to nearly £2 million annual income. The people they support cope with a range of issues such as domestic abuse, caring responsibilities and the risks of working in the sex industry.
Grace House wins Movement for Good award
03 June 2020
Grace House is one of 500 winners in specialist insurer Ecclesiastical's Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1million to charities this summer.read more
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the charity sector, crucial fundraising events have been postponed or cancelled, staff and volunteers have been forced to self-isolate or adapt to home working while the demand for the services remains.read more
Can you support Grace House?
03 April 2020
At this time of great concern for us all, I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are in good health. In terms of Grace House I can assure you that we are following NHS guidance and have put strict measures in place to protect staff and visitors. As well as protecting staff, volunteers and visitors, we must also consider the financial implications of the virus and the potentially damaging impact on the charity of which you are such a generous and compassionate supporter.read more
Photo: Directors of Penshaw View with the Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland
Penshaw View Training have pledged their support to Grace House and have ambitious plans to raise funds and awareness for the local charity.
PVT have jumped straight in to support with Senior Operations Manager Chris Breckon signing up for the London Marathon in April and Business Development Manager Jamie Pell taking on Dry January.read more
Honest Boy raises the bar for Grace House!
16 December 2019
The Honest Boy in Blackfell is a small local pub with a big heart! Throughout 2019 the staff and customers have been raising money for Grace House and on Thursday 12th December they invited fundraiser Laura Forbes to a cheque presentation to reveal how much they raised. Thanks to the support of the local community they smashed their target of £500 by raising a fantastic £1,146!read more
NRLs Sunderland team announce charity partnership with Grace House
10 December 2019
NRL’s North East recruitment team have pledged their support for local charity Grace House.
The recruitment team, located near to Grace House in Sunderland, will partner with the charity throughout 2020 to provide support and fundraising.
Grace House provide families with much needed short break and respite care for children with complex difficulties and autism. They provide a safe and fun home from home, for families to escape from everyday life at their centre in Southwick, Sunderland.read more
Gilly Hope a new Patron of Grace House
06 December 2019
Grace House is extremely proud to announce Gilly Hope as our new Patron. Gilly is from Sunderland, gaining a degree in Creative and Performing Arts at Sunderland University and has a successful long term career as a local radio and TV broadcaster. Gilly told Grace House, “I am delighted to become involved in such a wonderful local charity”read more
Grace House Golf Day Sponsored by WL Distillery
28 November 2019
Polish off your 9 irons and get ready for a fantastic day of golf at the Grace House Annual Golf Day kindly sponsored by WL Distillery.
This year our golf day will take place at the picturesque George Washington Golf Club. The Club is a former venue for the Sunderland Masters and is one of the most challenging golf courses in the North East of England. The course is measured at 6625 yards from the championship tees and offers a unique challenge to any standard of golfer, with five par 5’s and a course par of 73.read more
16 October 2019
This project is designed to provide work experience opportunities to young people aged 16 to 25 years old, with additional needs, in a safe and supportive environment. The type of work available ranges from reception work, admin tasks, gardening and fundraising. We accept referrals from schools, colleges and training providers, if you are interested to learn more about the project please ring on 0191 435 2088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is funded by the Coalfields regeneration Trustread more
Sofa to Sea to Sea
12 August 2019
My name is Jayne Secker I am a presenter on Sky News and spend most of my life sitting down. Somehow I appear to have volunteered myself for something resembling to a stage of the Tour de France this autumn. It’s all in a good cause but I’m not quite sure what I have let myself in for…read more
Kite Packaging donates £1,000 to Grace House
30 May 2019
Kite Packaging have kindly decided to support Grace House with a £1,000 donation. This donation comes as the employee-owned packaging company announced plans to extend its network of regional distribution centres to service the North East of the UK, an expansion on their existing presence in the Midlands, North, Thames Valley, South Wales, South Coast and South East.read more
Jayne Secker becomes a Patron of Grace House
29 March 2019
Grace House are delighted to announce that Jayne Secker, daughter of Kathy Secker, the charities’ founder has agreed to become a Patron.
Jayne is a busy TV journalist, working on Sky News’s lunchtime programme as well as travelling around the country reporting on big stories.
Jayne was there at the outset in 2000 when Kathy first came up with idea of starting the charity, and she has watched it grow from an idea at the family kitchen table to the busy place it is today. Kathy was inspired after meeting families like the Jones’ in Sunderland whose daughter Grace the charity became named after. Grace sadly passed away in 2018.read more
Grace House Runner Steven truly is Great!
03 January 2019
Photo from left to right: Matt Wylie MBE and Steven Garrigan
People take part in the Great North Run for a number of different reasons; to get fit, to challenge yourself or to remember someone special. In 2018 Steven Garrigan ran the Great North Run in memory of his Niece Grace Jones, who was the inspiration for Grace House and sadly passed away in September 2017.read more
Paralympian Matt Wylie MBE announced as Grace House Patron
13 November 2018
Garfield Weston Foundation Grant
19 February 2018
A huge THANK YOU from all of us to The Garfield Weston Foundation for their wonderful support over the next year with a grant towards our core costsread more
A message from Grace House CEO, Victoria Brown
09 January 2018
Happy new year to you all. I hope you celebrated the start of 2018 in good spirits with family and friends. Now that we’re a few days into the new year, it’s good to look ahead and think about what this year may bring us.read more
12 October 2017
After a two day Ofsted inspection, we have received a ‘GOOD’ result in all areas. Our feedback was that there were some outstanding features such as care planning, partnership working and knowledge of staff. We’re almost there for overall ‘OUTSTANDING’. Well done to all of the team!
Amazing new Grace House play area
20 July 2017
We were delighted that a group of 48 young apprentices all working for BAE; selected us as the organisation they wanted to support with their efforts to build a completely accessible play area for the children attending Grace House.read more
Town Centre Automobiles are continuing to support Grace House by renewing their contract to supply a brand new C3 Puretech Flair to Grace House.read more
A Sunderland charity that provides care to children from all over the North East with complex disabilities, health needs and life limiting conditions has received support this week from staff at Simon Berry Optometrist in Durham.read more
This spring, Starlight Children's Foundation will bring a big dose of sunshine to poorly children at Grace House when its amazing Storytellers Tour pays a visit on Saturday 4th June.read more
On Saturday 14th May, close friends, family and colleagues paid tribute to Kathy Secker, founder of Sunderland charity Grace House North East, who passed away in December 2015.read more
A local artist has created a piece of original artwork for Sunderland's Grace House, designed to help parents and children to enjoy the new music room. Popular artist Mick Brown, from County Durham, produced the artwork after a chance meeting with Grace House Chief Executive Karen Parry.read more
Team Sunderland start the year with a new partnership with local children's charity Grace House. Working alongside the University of Sunderland's Institute of Sport, Team Sunderland will use their increasing prominence in the city to raise awareness of the work of Grace House and link together to support fundraising initiatives.read more
Grace House is a Sunderland based children's charity providing services to children and young people with complex disabilities, health needs and life limiting conditions and their families. Based in a purpose-built, state of the art facility in Southwick, Grace House provides regular, planned residential experiences for disabled children and young people aged 5-18, alongside a range of social, therapeutic and support services for their families. Set in its own extensive gardens, Grace House is a fully accessible, interactive, fun and lively place for children to come and stay, to take advantage of the fantastic play and leisure facilities on site.read more
A Sunderland charity that provides care to children from all over the North East with complex disabilities, health needs and life limiting conditions has received support this month from staff at Berghaus - the UK's leading outdoor brand.read more
The biggest run in the world
24 September 2015
With the millionth runner across the finish line in 2014, the Great North Run this year had big boots to fill, so with over 64,500 participants across the main event and the junior runs, the Great North Run 2015 is now the biggest run in the world! Almost 100 runners took part in the Great North Run to raise money for Grace House and we couldn't have been prouder with their efforts and commitment to fundraise for us.read more
Alan Pockley, 30, of South Shields, accepted the invitation of David Cook, Chair of the Board at the respite facility for children and young people with complex care needs. Alan, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a muscle-wasting disease, has long been involved with Grace House: "I suppose I've been involved since it first started. My mum and dad were among the first fundraisers and I would go along with them and help where I could."read more
Toughest Race on Earth
01 April 2015
Ric Hallikeri is running "The Toughest Race On Earth" the Marathon Des Sables (6 marathons in 6 days across the Sahara Desert) on Friday 3 April 2015. Ric visited Grace House today with his family.read more
Grace visits Grace House for the first time.
04 March 2015
On 14th February 2015, Grace, the young woman who gave her name to Grace House, visited the building for the first time with her parents Debra and Darren.read more
Staff at Tesco Bank in Newcastle will be doing all sorts of things in the next twelve months to raise money for Grace House, as they have nominated us as their Charity of the Year.read more