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Sofology shortlisted in NE Charity Award for work with Grace House
18 November 2020

We are delighted to announce that our Corporate Partner Sofology have been shortlisted in the prestigious NE Charity Awards 2020 in the category Outstanding Charity Support by Large Companies! 

Sofology have been working with Grace House since October 2019 and had grand plans to raise funds during 2020. Unfortuantely the Covid-19 Pandemic meant a lot of these plans had to be put on hold due to the closures of their stores, however they have gone above and beyond when they can and to date they have raised over £11,000!!! 


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Grace House support during the new lockdown
03 November 2020

Following the announcement on the new Covid lockdown we wanted to let you know how this impacts on Grace House.

As always, the families we support are at the heart of everything we do.  We know from your feedback that the support we’re offering, whether face to face or remotely, is greatly appreciated.  It seems that now more than ever it is vital that we continue to provide, safely, the support that you feel most needed.

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Grace House launches new range of branded clothing!
23 October 2020

We are absolutely delighted to launch our brand new clothing range which is live now! 

Featuring branded hoodies, T Shirts, bags and more you can now wear our brand with pride and help raise funds as well. 

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Grace House and WL Distillery raise a toast to successful fundraiser.
29 September 2020

2020 has been a difficult year for individuals and businesses, however charities in particular have been particularly hard hit, suffering from a major loss of income due to cancelled events and the economic downturn.  This is why, when the annual Grace House golf day was given the green light to go ahead, it made it all the more important to use the opportunity to raise much needed funds while also enjoying a great day out!

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Thank you to the local businesses supporting our Golf Day
07 September 2020

The highlight of any charities event calendar is always the Annual Golf Day and with Covid-19 causing many events to be cancelled this year the 2020 Golf Day is more important than ever. 

The event will be held at Seaham Golf Club  on Friday 25th September and is kindly sponsored by WL Distillery  .

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Grace House Update ~ Victoria Brown, Chief Executive
19 August 2020

The team at Grace House hope you are enjoying this lovely hot summer weather we are having and maybe taking the chance to enjoy a staycation.
We are all back in the office and continuing to offer our services remotely.
We will keep you posted on our social media of all the activities we are providing for families.
We are looking forward to the time we can all meet again, but in the meantime if you think we can help in anyway please just ring us on 0191 435 2082.

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We are Hiring - Family Support Officer
04 August 2020

Job title: Family Support Officer, Salary: £15,132 per annum. Hours: 20 per week, plus excellent holidays.

This project is to assist families whose child has just received a diagnosis of a disability and how they then access much needed additional support. Therefore, we are looking to recruit someone with experience of working with disabled children, young people, their families and understand the issues which impact upon them.

This post is funded by Garfield Weston until end of December 2021.

For an application pack (CV’s are not accepted), please email or ring 0191 435 2082 during office hours

Closing date: Thursday 13th August 9am and  Interview date: Monday August 17th 2020

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12 June 2020

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.


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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.

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Sunderland charity adapts and diversifies in the face of Covid-19 pandemic
01 June 2020

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.

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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.

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Penshaw View Training announce Grace House as their Charity of the Year
13 January 2020

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.

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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!

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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.

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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”

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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.

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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


This is funded by the Coalfields regeneration Trust

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Paralympian Matt Wylie MBE announced as Grace House Patron
13 November 2018

Grace House is delighted to announce that Paralympian Matt Wylie MBE has become a Patron of the charity.

Matt is a local lad, born and raised in Sunderland who has cerebral palsy and underwent a series of operations between 2004 and 2007 after a tumour was discovered on his leg. Following medical advice he took up swimming as part of his recovery. After success in the European Championships in 2014 and 2016 he then went on to win a Gold Medal in the Men's 50m Freestyle S9 competition at the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

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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 costs

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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.

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Ofsted Report
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!


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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.

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Town Centre Automobiles hand over the keys for a brand new C3 Puretech Flair for another year
18 July 2017

Town Centre Automobiles are continuing to support Grace House by renewing their contract to supply a brand new C3 Puretech Flair to Grace House.

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Local business gives disabled children exciting outdoor cooking experience at Grace House North East
11 July 2016

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.

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Starlight Storytellers Tour is just what the doctor ordered at Grace House
30 May 2016

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.

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Tribute to Kathy Secker, founder of Grace House North East
17 May 2016

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.

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Local Artist Creates Original Artwork for Grace House
16 May 2016

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.

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Team Sunderland Partner with Children's Charity Grace House
06 April 2016

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.

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Transforming the Grace House garden - Corporate Volunteering project
24 March 2016

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.

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Investing in a community gardening project at Grace House North East
23 March 2016

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.

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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.

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Alan Pockley new board member at Grace House

Grace House has appointed an 'inspirational' new board member
27 August 2015

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."

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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.

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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.

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Tesco Finance unveil Grace House as their Charity of the Year
03 March 2015

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.

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Grace's Angels
02 March 2015

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The Final Month...
01 March 2015

Rik Hallikeri raising vital funds for Grace House Children's Hospice by running 6 marathons in 6 days in the Sahara Desert...

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