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North East charity brings the business community together
29 July 2022

Sunderland based children’s charity, Grace House, are inviting the North East business community to come together and showcase their businesses, while raising funds for the children and families they support at their inaugural Expo for Good.

While businesses have certainly found the last two years challenging, the charity sector have certainly been hit hard due to many fundraising activities being cancelled due to the pandemic.  The sector has found new and innovate ways to raise awareness of vital work they carry out with the Expo for Good being a unique way to not only raise funds but also to collaborate with the local business community.

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Race for Grace Returns in a splash of colour!
05 July 2022

The fundraising team at Grace House are reviving their most colourful event of the year with the return of Race for Grace. The 3k colour run will be held at Southwick Primary School, just around the corner from Grace House, on Sunday 21st August.

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16 May 2022

A sample of hand sanitiser produced by an award-winning, North East based distillery, which switched production from gin to hand sanitiser at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, has been acquired by the Science Museum Group for its COVID-19 Collecting Project. The hand sanitiser will join other historic items in the collection to provide insights into the medical and scientific advancements of the last two years.

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24 November 2021

WL Distillery have been knitting up quite a ginpire over the year with their award-winning range, and now their signature bottles will be taking on a festive twist this season to support Sunderland based charity, Grace House.

The inspiration for WL Distillery comes from the founder and Managing Director, Scott Wilson-Laing spending his summers in his grandad’s garden, and now Scott has called in extra support this season from his Nana to support a charity very close to his heart.


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Win a Tyneside Home!
15 October 2021

What would you do if you won a 3-bedroom home for just £1?!

Live mortgage and rent free? Rent the property out for an additional income? Sell it? Give it to charity?

Someone is going to have to make this very decision when they win this spacious family home in South Tyneside.

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Wishing you all a Very Merry Unbirthday!
23 April 2021

After an unpredictable year we are incredibly proud to announce that the Grace House Ball is returning for 2021! The Very Merry Unbirthday Ball, kindly sponsored by Sweeney Miller Law.

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2021 Golf Day sells out!
14 April 2021

We are delighted to announce that the 2021 Grace House Golf Day Ramside Golf Club is now SOLD OUT!

Thank you to our event sponsor WL Distillery, everyone who has entered a team and all of our Tee Sponsors! All funds raised will help enrich the lives of disabled children, young people and their families across our region. Let's make this this best Golf Day to date!

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Network for Good launch event Success!
23 March 2021

Grace House launched their new business group, Network for Good on Friday and the group got off to a flying start, with over 45 guests attending the online event.

Guest Speaker, Nevil Tynemouth hosted an interactive session about comfort zones, working out what barriers were in your way and how to overcome these.

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Thank you Wiser Sourcing Group
25 February 2021

Local Business, Wiser Sourcing Group, which was set up during the pandemic, has chosen Grace House as their Charity of the Year and pledge to support them throughout 2021. The PPE and Washroom Hygiene business has been thriving since the end of the last year and they are looking to expand on this success and work with any local company looking to reduce the cost of their current business spend. 

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We are hiring - Project Co-ordinator
23 February 2021

Job title: Project Co-ordinator, Salary: £19,474  per annum, Hours: 25 per week, plus excellent holidays. Funded by the National Lottery Fund 3 years from January 2021.The role will commence mid May 2021.

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Our Story - Written by Tracey Huggins #PartFour
23 February 2021

All of a sudden we were in hospitals more than home, talking life expectancies and the next test they could run. We have had blood sent to drs all over the world, we’ve spent time in Great Ormond St hospital and almost 9 years on we are literally no further forward to an answer.

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Network for Good business club is launched by Sunderland charity
22 February 2021

Grace House, are delighted to be launching their very own business club, ‘Network for Good’.

The charity, who have been based in Sunderland for over 10 years provide services for disabled children aged 0-25 years and family carers living with them across our region.


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Our Story - Written by Tracey Huggins #partthree
16 February 2021

Delilah was about 4 month old when we realised that the dry skin she had from birth wasn’t leaving and that she seemed to be if anything, becoming worse. By this point she also wasn’t reaching any of the obvious milestones, she wasn’t trying to hold her head for long or attempting to sit up. They say you should never compare children, they say every child is different and as a mum of three now I knew this very well. But the thing is, EVERYONE compares their children, you try not to but you can’t help it. It happens.

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Our Story - Written by Tracey Huggins #parttwo
09 February 2021

Delilah was born in March 2012 at a wonderful 9lb 3oz... to me that was huge! The midwife the day before giving birth at a check up scan had said she was a lovely juicy baby and a good size... meaning huge. She meant that my baby was huge and didn’t want to scare me haha! I’d been in hospital a lot during pregnancy with no explanation.

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Our Story - Written by Tracey Huggins
02 February 2021

Part one:

My life changed in so many ways after giving birth to our beautiful baby girl... and it took me quite a long time to understand my feelings after being told of the difficulties I would have with Delilah. It wasn’t until someone told me that I had to allow myself to grieve that it finally twigged... the penny dropped and it was all very clear. Now, don’t get me wrong it took me a good while to work out why on earth i’d grieve when I had a beautiful baby girl alive and kicking in front of me but once it clicked I understood what kind of bumpy ride I was gearing up for...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Grace's Angels
02 March 2015

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