Students To Help New Children's Hospice

Thu, 22/02/2001 - 00:00

Over 250 local students attended a presentation today by Children’s Hospice Charity, Grace House.

The students from East Durham College’s Houghall Campus, in Durham, have been challenged by their lecturers to raise £1,000 between now and the end of term.

The students from Animal Care, Horticulture, Equine and Land Based Foundation Studies have already started to plan a number of fundraising activities.

The £1,000 will purchase a granite paving stone at the hospice’s ‘Walk of Life’ pathway and feature an inscription acknowledging the students’ efforts.

Karen Maclennan, a senior fundraiser, gave the presentation about Grace House and the Appeal. Students learned about the building plans, construction progress plus the amazing facilities and care the hospice will offer families.

“Grace House will help and support families from across the north east, caring for children who are not expected to live to reach adulthood. It is estimated that there are over 1,000 such families in our region who could benefit from the services Grace House will provide and we will be the first stand-alone children’s hospice in the region,” Karen explained.

“Grace House will provide a home from home for very sick children and their families - offering specialist nursing care, respite care, as well as end-of-life care and bereavement support.”

The Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal was founded by local broadcaster Kathy Secker.

When she heard that the North East of England had the lowest number of hospice beds in the United Kingdom she decided to launch the charity to ensure that local families had access to this type of care. The Charity is also very proud to have the Duchess of Northumberland as their patron.

Ian Hall, Course Manager on Animal Studies, said: “We feel it is important for our students to give something back to their local community and we are delighted to be supporting a children’s and young people’s charity which I’m sure the students will be able to relate to and be keen to help.”

Grace House is currently under construction in Southwick in Sunderland.

If you‘d like to find out more and support the Grace House Appeal please call 0191 516 6302, email or visit

Grace House is holding their annual Race For Grace fun run this Sunday at Herrington Country Park please contact Grace House North East for an entry forms.