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We're Hiring
23 January 2020

We have two very exciting job opportunities at Grace House:


Job Title: Building and Facilities Co-ordinator. Salary £12,973 per annum, Hours 20 per week, plus excellent holidays

We are seeking to recruit someone with experience in co-ordinating the maintenance & repair of a busy building which supports young people with additional needs and busy public meeting rooms. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate working knowledge of ensuring maintenance schedules & services to all buildings and outside areas are adhered to and experience of co-ordinating contractors. They will need to run both the site and take a strategic view.

Job title: Finance and Office Co-ordinator, Salary: £12,973 per annum, Hours: 20 per week, plus excellent holidays

We are seeking to recruit a skilled, experienced Finance and Office Co-ordinator.

The successful applicant will be flexible, proactive and a creative problem solver, able to work as part of a team. They will need experience in managing financial functions, and other additional office functions.


A recruitment pack (CVs are NOT accepted) is available by emailing


Closing date: 12noon Feb 7th, 2020.

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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.

Corporate Fundraiser Laura Jane Forbes said “The team at Penshaw View Training are all really passionate about supporting Grace House and have already come up with some amazing ways to raise funds for us. We rely heavily on support from businesses like PVT and we are looking forward to working with the team in 2020.”

Director of Penshaw View Training, Philippa Brackon said: “We are passionate about helping charities, especially in our region. Penshaw View is a Sunderland-born family-ran business, so to coincide with our decision to remain in Sunderland, we really wanted to support a charity close to our hearts from our home city. What Grace House offer to families of children with complex difficulties is amazing, and over the last year particularly, we have really got to know more about Grace House and the work they do. It was a no-brainer to choose them as our 2020 charity of the year and we have already started fundraising and brainstorming some ideas!”

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.

Penshaw View was born as a Health and Safety Consultancy with a commercial training arm in 2005 with one employee. Since then it has grown to what they are today… a national supplier of apprenticeships to both levy and non-levy clients and a head count of 32 with plans for further growth since their move to the BEAM on Sunderland’s Vaux Site. The company has also developed their Health and Safety Consultancy to offer more support regionally with courses ranging from asbestos, to IOSH, to fully accredited Mental Health First Aid at Work programs, and now have recently launched sister company and recruitment firm, Riverlutions. Riverlutions offers employment services to companies looking for management and senior positions in a whole host of industries with vacancies ranging from Marketing Manager to Charity CEO currently.

If you would like to support Chris with his fundraising, click here…

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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!

The pub took part in various fundraising activities across the year including a charity night with bingo and karaoke, ice bucket challenges, leg waxing and a swear box for the darts team!

Fundraiser Laura Forbes said “The support that everyone at the Honest Boy has shown Grace House has been incredible. They are so passionate about the cause and were determined to beat last years target of £500 and they have more than doubled it! It’s great to see such strong community spirit and everyone at Grace House would like to thank each and every person who contributed to this total.”

The Honest Boy have big plans for their charity work in 2020, if you would like to get involved keep an eye out!

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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.

The recruitment branch will work together as a team to use their company charity leave days to provide hands-on assistance at the centre, as well as setting themselves an ambitious fundraising target. Colleagues were keen to combine their charity efforts to support one cause, with Grace House chosen after seeing first-hand the difference they make to families in the local community.

Discussing the new partnership Laura Forbes, Corporate Fundraiser at Grace House commented, “We’re really excited to bring NRL’s Sunderland team on board as a corporate supporter in 2020 and look forward to working together in partnership over the coming year.”




About NRL:

NRL Group provides recruitment, training, rail maintenance and Non-Destructive testing (NDT) services to the technical, engineering and construction sectors. Established in 1983 and with a turnover of circa. £180M, NRL Group has grown into one of the country’s leading privately-owned recruitment and contracting companies. Our strength is our people, with an industry leading low turnover of operational staff and a management team which has an average of 18 years’ service; we are able to provide continuity to our clients and an excellent level of customer service.


For more information:

Bethan Large

Marketing Communications Manager

01942 614 623




Twitter:         @NRLRecruitment

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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.

Scott Wilson Laing from WL Distillery said “WL Distillery is honoured to be able to work with and support Grace House through their Golf Day. We hope our support will assist them in continuing all the important and positive support that they provide.”

Corporate Fundraiser Laura Jane Forbes said “The 2019 Grace House Golf Day was fantastic, and we are determined to make 2020 even better! The golf day which brings together businesses across the region is part of an amazing calendar of events at Grace House and we are hoping to raise a significant amount of funds at this event which will all go towards supporting children with complex disabilities and their families. We would like to thank WL Distillery for their support on this event and would encourage golfers to get booked up quickly as we anticipate a sell out this year.”

Entry for a team of 4 is £300 and this includes breakfast on arrival, 18 holes followed by a delicious 2 course meal and trophy presentation. There will be plenty of opportunities to network with fellow golfers and build lasting business relationships whilst supporting a fantastic local charity.

For more information or to book a team email Laura on or call 0191 435 2085.

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Venator Vote!
06 November 2019

Vote for us to win a grant of up to £1,000!


We’re excited to have the opportunity to win a grant from Venator’s Together Fund!


Support Grace House and help us win by voting for us at


A top award of £1,000 will go to the application that gets the most public votes, with all other applicants that make it into the top 40 each receiving a grant of £250.


Get voting by 29 November 2019! Each person gets a maximum of three votes. Don’t forget to ask your friends and family to vote for us too – every vote counts!

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We're Hiring
17 October 2019

Grace House is a Charity based in Sunderland, providing a range of support services, including short breaks to children with complex disabilities and their families


Job title: Project Co-ordinator, Salary: £18,915 per annum, Hours: 25 per week, plus excellent holidays. Funded by the National Lottery Fund 4 years from January 2020.

The post holder will co-ordinate our Counselling and Holistic Therapy support project, therefore we are looking for applicants with previous experience of successful project co-ordination, you must be able to demonstrate to us the ability to deliver against demanding targets, you must be proactive, motivated and able to use own initiative.

Grace House is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. The successful applicant will be required to provide two satisfactory professional written references prior to appointment being confirmed.

Grace House North East is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check will be required for this post prior to the appointment being confirmed.

For an application pack (CV’s are not accepted), please email or ring 0191 435 2088 during office hours

 Closing date: 9am Nov 7th, 2019

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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…


It’s fair to say I am not a natural cyclist. I have no sense of balance, dreadful co-ordination and wonky feet. Once I manage to get going I’m also also pretty rubbish at stopping. In the past I’ve collided with hedges, ditches and a pretty large house while attempting to brake on two wheels.

So it was with some trepidation I agreed to tackle an 130 mile cycle from Workington on the East coast to Roker Beach on the West to try to raise some funds for Grace House in Sunderland. I’m a patron of the centre which provides much needed and excellent care for children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions. 

I was also born and brought up in Northumberland and as a Northern lass the coast to coast route is one I have always fancied doing. I signed up with visions of a gentle ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ style meander around the lakes with tea shops and cosy pubs punctuating the day. It’s not until I check the small print that I realise the trip is only two days long and on day one we will cover 76 miles up and down some massive hills. Definitely more Chris Hoy than Compo.

I start googling online forums and my heart sinks… I should apparently be able to cycle for 10 miles as a base level of fitness before even starting training. 

I doubt I could do ten minutes.

That evening I cobble together a pair of my husbands old cycling shorts and a t shirt and set off down the road full of optimism.

20 minutes later I wobble back bright red, dripping wet and exhausted.

The mileage calculator tells me I have only travelled 2.4 kilometres…. Not even a mile and a half. The children think it’s hilarious. The dog looks genuinely sorry for me.

As I head off for a shower my husband says he could offer me one piece of useful advice. “Those padded shorts” he says…. “before you head off for the lakes you should probably try wearing them the right way around and not inside out if you don’t want everyone laughing at you”. 

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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.

Corporate Fundraiser Laura Jane Forbes welcomed several staff members to Grace House and said “We are absolutely delighted that Kite Packaging have chosen to support Grace House with such a fantastic donation. We rely heavily on support from the local community and the generosity of Kite Packaging really will make such a big difference to the children and families we support.”

Grace House offers specialist short break care to children and young people aged 5-18 living in the North East, who have a complex disability, autism or health needs.

Children and young people come and stay at Grace House for planned, regular mini-breaks, enabling them to have fun and spend time with their friends, in a home from home environment that can meet all their needs. The children have the time of their lives while their parents or carers have a break from caring. We offer regular activities including cooking sessions, trips out, gardening and sensory play. The amazing garden space is used both for play and for growing fruit and vegetables which the children can then pick and use in our cooking sessions giving them a sense of pride, achievement and independence.

Eleanor Gray, Regional Manager from Kite Packaging said “Here at Kite we strongly believe in giving something back to the local communities we operate within. Kite Packaging North East are proud to support Grace House in their fantastic efforts to provide much needed respite to families who need it most. We are thrilled that our donation will be put to good use for a great cause.”

Everyone at Grace House would like to extend our sincere thanks to Kite Packaging.


Notes to editors:

Photo from left to right, Chris Round, Peter, Victoria Brown, Laura Donnelly and Eleanor Grey.

Grace House children’s charity welcomes children and young people from across the North East, with complex disabilities, health needs and life limiting conditions. We provide a fun, safe, exciting environment where children can come and live life to the full.

Registered Charity No:1100682

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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.

Jayne said “Mum wanted to build a place to help families of children who were very ill; those with disabilities, had life limiting illnesses or were dying.

“She had supported a number of charities over the years and saw the affect very poorly children could have on families. Because of their complex medical needs it was not easy to hand over care to someone else. Most parents and siblings had never had a day off. Mum thought why not build a place the children could come and have fun and be happy and safe, while the rest of the family could get some much needed respite. Even 24 hours off could make a massive difference.”

It was a no mean feat for Kathy to build the Centre. Despite having no experience running a charity she managed to raise £5 and a half million pounds and get Grace House built before retiring. Sadly, she died in 2015 before the Centre opened.

In a recent visit to the North East Jayne popped by the charity, Jayne said “I last visited Grace Hose in May 2016 and it was just finding its feet, I can’t believe how busy it now is. It’s brilliant to see so many children using all the facilities. I can remember mum spending hours deciding what cheerful colours the bedrooms would be and what could go into the sensory room. Seeing these spaces really being used is so satisfying”.

David Cook, the Chair of Grace House, said, “it’s wonderful to have Jayne as part of our team, the Secker name is integral Grace House, so we are very pleased to welcome her”.

Jayne said “Mum would be so pleased to see that all her hard work is now making a difference to so many families in Sunderland. It’s great the Centre is being used for Short Breaks and that the children are loving it. I am so proud to be able to continue the family involvement in Grace House and look forward to doing all I can to help.”

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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.

Steven wanted to do something for Grace House and his daughter Alisha persuaded him to run the Great North Run to honour the memory of Grace. Along with Alisha and his friend Ian, they signed up and set themselves a target of £1,250, little did they know that they would go on to smash this! Steven raised over £2,300 in the lead up to the event and between the three of them they raised a total of £3,247! Steven admitted he did struggle to find time to train as he works away from home however, he did fit in some last-minute training while he was on holiday in Fuerteventura! This paid off as he completed the run in 2 hours and 15 minutes, crossing the finish line as the Red Arrows flew over South Shields.

To acknowledge this amazing achievement Grace House awarded Steven with a trophy for best fundraiser which was presented to him at Grace House by Matt Wylie MBE.

Victoria Brown, Chief Executive at Grace House said “Steven should be immensely proud of what he has achieved in the name of his Niece Grace. His story is inspiring, and Grace House is extremely grateful for his amazing effort in raising such a fantastic amount of money. Local charities like ourselves rely so much on the passion and commitment of our supporters and we cannot thank Steven and his family enough”

Steven said “Completing the Great North Run I felt a huge amount of emotion, pride and sense of achievement. I couldn’t of done this without all the fantastic support from my family, friends and work colleagues donating such a large amount to such a worthy cause in Grace House, making the whole day and memory of it stay with me forever.”

Entries for the 2019 Simplyhealth Great North Run are now open and if Steven’s story has inspired you, you can sign up and join #TeamGraceHouse now at the link below or email


Grace House children’s charity welcomes children and young people from across the North East, with complex disabilities, health needs and life limiting conditions. We provide a fun, safe, exciting environment where children can come and live life to the full.


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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.

Matt met with Victoria Brown, Chief Executive at Grace House and was so impressed with the work that was done here that he agreed to support the charity by becoming Patron.

Victoria said “Matt is an inspirational figure and has demonstrated what can be achieved through his courage, determination and hard work. Therefore, we are delighted that Matt has agreed to become part of the Grace House team and support us as a Patron. Everyone at Grace House is very excited to have him on board”

Matt said “I am happy to support such vital work in Sunderland. The charity aims to help children with complex disabilities and their families. Seeing the amazing facilities that Grace House provides, is proof of the dedicated work of all involved.”

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Tilt and Turn Interactive Screen
10 April 2018

Our new Tilt & Turn Interactive screen is getting much use from the children staying here. It's giving new ways to, play, learn, interact and have fun!

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Our Wheelchair Scales have arrived!
21 February 2018

Our wheelchair scales have arrived. Thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas campaign. These scales are a very important piece of equipment to Grace House, and care staff will be able to administer medication based on the most up to date weight of the child. 

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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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Our Ebay shop is open for business
08 February 2018

Shopping or selling on eBay? Did you know you can now donate proceeds to Grace House? Favourite us on eBay for Charity to start supporting our cause!

Click here to start shopping!

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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.

I know the Grace House team are extremely excited about what 2018 may mean to our families. Our Short breaks yet again got a fantastic report from Ofsted, rating us as good with outstanding in certain areas. ...The “One Place, Your Space” therapies project promises to thrive in 2018, with more parents than ever accessing this wonderful free service. We have also recently received a new grant for the Big Lottery “Awards for All “fund, which means we will be able to provide up to 400 free day care hours over the next year.

With the drive and determination of our team, I am sure these will only be a taster of what’s can be expected over the coming months.

Our Community Fundraising team, have many exciting opportunities planned for this year, so if you want to challenge yourself to maybe running a half marathon, climbing a mountain or pushing yourself in some other way keep checking our Facebook, twitter and website to keep up to date with these details.

From everyone at Grace House, may 2018 bring you all much happiness.

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16 November 2017

Please help us to buy a much needed set of wheelchair scales this christmas.

This equipment would enable our care team to monitor the weight of a child much more regularly than we can at the moment. 

To donate or for more information please click the button below:



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You can now buy tickets to our Christmas Concert
02 November 2017

For more info see our events page, or speak to Ruth on 0191 525 2885,


You can click below to buy tickets.


Eventbrite - Grace House Christmas Concert

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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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#chin4Jamie Quiz
18 September 2017

With Anne Hegerty from 'The Chase' as Quiz Master
Friday 6th October 2017
at The Stadium of Light, Sunderland SR5 1SU
Arrive for 7pm for a 8pm star t
(teams must register their arrival by 7:45pm)

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Our new Community Fundraisers
05 September 2017

Grace House is delighted to announce we have two new Community Fundraisers, Ruth Tutty and Kate Wood. We believe they will be a fabulous addition to our team. It wont be long before you see them out in the community at one of our many activties or events.


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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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Benidorm or Bust!
13 July 2017

In June, Scott Atchison of Satchi Hair Salons in Sunderland and Durham, drove, as part of a 3-man crew in a BMW 3 series banger which cost only £260, 1800 miles from Penshaw, Sunderland to Benidorm driving through Dover-Calais-Rouen-Bordeaux-Valencia to finally Benidorm to raise money for Grace House.  Scott raised over £500!

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Silksworth Toddle Walk
13 July 2017

Toddlers from St, Leonards RC Church, Independent Methodist Church and Calvary Christian Fellowship from Silksworth, Sunderland took part in their annual toddle to raise money for Grace House.

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Sunderland Masons hand-over £200 to Grace House
06 July 2017

Sunderland Masons held an open day on 24th June at The Phoenix Hall, the oldest purpose built Masonic Hall Temple under the English Constitution in existence and still in use, they opened their doors to celebrate their 300th Anniversary of Freemasonry.

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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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Annual Toddle for Grace House
08 July 2016

Toddlers from St, Leonards RC Church, Independent Methodist Church and Calvary Christian Fellowship from Silksworth, Sunderland took part in their annual toddle to raise money for Grace House.

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Universal Pledges Support to Grace House Children's Charity in 2016
01 July 2016

Universal Live and Universal AV are pleased to announce they will be supporting Grace House as their chosen charity this year. Grace House supports children and young people from across the North East with complex disabilities, health needs and life limiting conditions.

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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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Grace House partnership with Uber
19 May 2016

There is increasing interest in the business community to partner with charities for mutual benefit. At Grace House we are feeling the benefits of these partnerships:

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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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The Arts continue to grow at Grace House
19 April 2016

This month has seen the beginning of our New Leaf participatory arts project at Grace House with artist Gilly Rogers delivering exciting, interactive, accessible art workshops to redesign part of the Grace House gardens. The project was developed with support from The Cultural Spring, an Arts Council funded project working in Sunderland and South Tyneside.

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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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Cultural Spring Art Leaves Grace House
01 February 2016

Do you always think your house looks huge when you take your Christmas decorations down? We had that feeling this week at Grace House when the amazing temporary exhibition of visual art work was uninstalled from the reception area.

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Celebration of Life - Balloon Release
24 November 2015

Join us on Friday 11th December for the Grace House Celebration of Life balloon release at Ashbrooke Rugby Club. Our balloon release is a beautiful way to celebrate the lives of your loved ones and enjoy a special family evening together.

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A triathlon of events for CEO, Karen Parry
06 October 2015

Working as CEO for Grace House is much more than just a job for Karen, she's so passionate about Grace House that she throws herself into fantastic challenges to raise funds and awareness of the wonderful facilities at Grace House. The final part of Karen's triathlon of events was to complete the Coast 2 Coast, a cycle ride from Workington, Cumbria to Tynemouth, North Tyneside covering 135 demanding miles.

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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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White to rainbow in 5k - Fun at Colour in the Park
17 September 2015

Our second annual Colour in the Park 5k fun run was held on Sunday 6th September at Herrington Park with almost 400 eager people, ready to get colourful for Grace House. The sun was shining, there wasn't a cloud in the sky and it was the ideal way to enjoy a sunny Sunday! We'd like to say a massive thank you to all of the sponsors, volunteers, staff and participants who helped us organise another fabulous event for Grace House.

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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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Summer at Grace House
21 August 2015

It's all go at Grace House at the moment, with final deliveries of specialist equipment and preparations for opening; it's certainly a summer of hard work rather than relaxing for the team! With all of the support and fundraising for Grace House we're so thankful for everyone's involvement that we couldn't have reached this position without all of your help.

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A Little Update
21 July 2015

It's been all hands on deck for the last few weeks as we have been working hard to get the final touches perfected before our first guests arrive. With the imminent arrival of Ofsted to inspect Grace House and to evaluate the quality of the service we plan to offer, we've been busy with last minute preparations. We have also thrown open the doors to visitors, giving them the chance to see the building ready for use.

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Colour in the Park this September
17 July 2015

Join in this fantastic day of fun and be a fundraiser for Grace House while you get colourful in the park with friends and family.

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New Furniture Day!
02 July 2015

Itís exciting times here at Grace House, with new furniture arriving for our bedrooms; weíre gearing up for the imminent arrival of our first guests.

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Great North Run 2015
26 June 2015

Join over 50,000 people in one of the UKís most popular half marathons. With ballot places like gold dust, they were snapped up incredibly quick this year and if you didnít manage to secure your place, you could always run for a charity.

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Grace House Wish List
07 May 2015

Thank you to our supporters who bought a gift from our John Lewis list and helped turn our lovely building into a cosy home from home...

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30 April 2015

Andrew Younger, who works at Tesco Bank in Newcastle, will be taking part in the Sunderland 10k on Sunday 3rd May and the Great North Run on Sunday 13th September 2015 to raise money for Grace House.

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Edinburgh Marathon Runner
29 April 2015

Please support John Martin at this year's Edinburgh Marathon

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Dad of steel Ric storms Sahara endurance challenge
17 April 2015

Ric completes the Marathon Des Sables!

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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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