THE Duchess of Northumberland formally marked building work starting on the Grace House children's hospice, which will provide a home from home for sick children from across the North East, from the Scottish Borders to Teesside.
Her Grace, patron of the charity, visited the site last week and officially broke the ground, alongside the charity’s namesake 12-year-old Grace Jones, to commemorate the start on-site of the long-awaited and much-needed hospice.
Kathy Secker, founder of the Grace House Appeal, said: “It has been a very special day. The start of the build has been this charity’s dream for some time and thanks to the support of this community and the wonderful people of the North East it is now becoming a reality. Thanks to our inspirational partners Gentoo, there’ll be bricks and mortar here before you know it.”
People and property business Gentoo has supported the charity for several years and has agreed to design and build the new hospice at cost price within its Southwick renewal area. Following a successful planning application earlier in the year, work will now commence on building the hospice.
Once completed, the new hospice will provide a wide range of support for families, offer respite and terminal care, have a team of dedicated professionals offering the most up-to-date medical skills and palliative care, offer support that is tailored to the needs of the whole family and will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for as long as is needed.
Kathy continued: “Today has been a great milestone. When finished the hospice will provide support to very sick children and their families across the whole of the North East. Fundraising, of course, will be ongoing as there is no long-term sustained Government funding for children’s hospices. We would welcome your support.”
If you are not involved and would like to be, Grace House would love to hear from you. Call on 0191 516 6302 or visit the website www.gracehouse.co.uk