Northumberland medicines manufacturer The Specials Laboratory has chosen Grace House North East as its Charity of the Year.
The Prudhoe company, which makes unlicensed medicines known as ‘specials’, has donated an undisclosed sum to the project – the region’s first standalone children’s hospice – and will fundraise throughout the year for the cause.
Through its community initiative programme, the Specials Laboratory has raised more than £100,000 for local charities, including Tiny Lives, The Alan Shearer Centre and Carers Northumberland over the past 15 years.
Based in Sunderland, Grace House North East Children’s Hospice was founded by broadcaster Kathy Secker and will run solely through donations. When open, it will provide 24-hour care, 365 days-a-year, to hundreds of families from across the region.
Jan Armstrong, head of marketing at The Specials Laboratory, said: “When we heard the North East had the lowest number of children’s hospice beds in the country, I knew we had to get involved with this appeal. Grace House will provide a safe and family-orientated home away from home for very sick children with a team of professionals to offer the most up-to-date medical skills and palliative care.”
Secker said: “We are delighted with the support and this marvellous donation from such an esteemed local business. The construction of the purpose-built hospice is complete and the next stage is to employ the required specialist staff. Children’s hospices receive no statutory government funding. We are appealing to businesses, individuals and families to give their support to Grace House.”