Cheque donation from Jennings boosts funds for Grace House Children’s Hospice Appeal

Posted on 08 Jan 2007

A local charity has received a cash boost and it’s all thanks to motor dealer, Jennings Ford.

Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal is currently raising funds to build, equip and run an eight bed children’s hospice in the area.

Aimed to provide a home from home for very sick children from across the North East, from the Borders down to Teesside, on completion the purpose-built, self-contained hospice will provide 24-hour support for siblings and parents; respite and terminal care, in addition to a team of dedicated professionals offering the most up-to-date medical skills and palliative care.

The presentation took place at Jennings Ford’s new purpose built dealership on Riverside Road in Sunderland where sales controller, Janet Gray handed a cheque for £430 to Sheila Partridge, volunteer co-ordinator for Grace House.

“At present the government does not provide long term funding for children’s hospices and this means that charities like ours rely on the goodwill of dedicated fundraising teams and the generosity of businesses like Jennings Ford and members of the public,” said Sheila.

Sheila added; “Over 1,200 families in our region require hospice care. Grace House will provide a range of professional support including practical help, nursing care and bereavement support to life-limited children and their families 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

Janet Gray, sales controller at Jennings Ford said; “We are committed to supporting the local community and when we heard about the Grace House Appeal, we were delighted to assist with their fundraising appeal.”

For more information about Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal log onto the website at, or to make a donation please contact 0191 516 6302.

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