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.
With a busy few weeks we thought we’d roundup what’s been going on, and if we’ve missed anything let us know!
Summer Fun Day
On 8th August we held a family fun day at Grace House with some special guests from Anna and Elsa from Frozen entertaining guests. The sun was shining and our stall selling our home grown produce raised over a massive £100! Fresh fruit and vegetables are in demand, it seems! With an inflatable bowling alley, bouncy castle and plenty of fun games, the day was a huge success and the cakes from Oaktree Farm were a fantastic treat, too.
We were delighted to take delivery of these fabulous bean bag like chairs, they provide wonderful postural support for children with complex disabilities and they’re lovely and snuggly to relax in. We were able to purchase the PPod chairs with a grant we received from Percy Bilton, along with some enhanced support from Specialised Orthotic Services who also provided us with additional bases so the chairs can be easily moved around the building and two activity frames to complement the chairs.
All we can say is, WOW! Sunderland Airshow is always a major date in our calendar and this year we had a stand on the sea front with tombola and raffle with some fantastic prizes as well as information about Grace House for visitors. The response was amazing and we raised well in excess of £2000 as well as meeting lots of families who could use the facilities at Grace House. We’ve had many of the visitors to our stand already come and view the facilities and once open we hope to accommodate these great families.
Our search is over and we’ve appointed a Property Maintenance Coordinator who will be responsible for looking after our building and community gardens. We will introduce our new team member in September so keep your eyes peeled for updates.
We have a new board member, Alan Pockley who has been a big supporter of Grace House over the years. Alan, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy has been fundraising with his family from the beginning and we’re so pleased to have Alan on our board as he brings so much enthusiasm and inspiration to the team. Read more about Alan in our article in the Sunderland Echo
With all of our preparations almost complete, it’s just the wait for Ofsted to visit and inspect our facilities to give us the green light to officially open our doors to families. Once we have the big seal of approval, families will begin to benefit from everyone’s hard work over the years.back to the news